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Jeff Jacob

Job Titles

  • Associate Professor of Economics
    Business & Economics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Adjunct Instructor
    MBA, Graduate School
    Management Information Systems (B.S.), College of Adult and Professional Studies

Started at Bethel



  • St. Stephen's College (Delhi, India) - B.A. in Economics, 1997
  • Dehli (India) School of Economics and Southern Methodist University - M.A. in Economics, 1999
  • Southern Methodist University - M.A. in Economics, 2003
  • Southern Methodist University - Ph.D. in Economics, 2006

Areas of expertise

Economic development and trade, applied econometrics, social networks, and economics of religion. Current working papers include “Institutions, Trade and Geography: A Panel Data Study” and “Religious Values and Beliefs and Economic Development in the Nation State.”


Jacob has extensive teaching experience at Bethel and at SMU. He also worked in some leading economic policy think tanks in India where his research revolved around international trade issues. His current research is focused on empirically studying the micro- and macro-economic determinants of economic development.