Carmel U.Chiswick

Professor Emerita

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1972


Field of Interest:
Economics of Religion, Economic Development, Labor Economics, Economic History, Economic Demography

Selected Research:
The Economics of American Judaism.  London: Routledge, 2008.
“The Economic Determinants of Ethnic Assimilation.” Journal of Population Economics 22(2009), pp.859-880. 

 “Religion as a Determinant of Marital Stability” (with E. Lehrer), Demography, (1993), pp. 385-404 

 “The Efficiency Wage Hypothesis: Applying a General Model of the Interaction Between Labor Quantity and Quality,” Journal of Development Economics 20, (1986), pp. 311-323 

“The Elasticity of Substitution Revisited; The Effects of Secular Changes in Labor Force Structure,” Journal of Labor Economics 3 (1985), pp. 490-507 

“Analysis of Earnings from Household Enterprises: Methodology and Application to Thailand,” Review  of Economics and Statistics 65, (1983), pp. 658-62

Current Research Interests: 
Economics of religion, especially Judaism

Interactions between human resources and economic development: concepts, theory, empirical evidence, historical interpretations, and implications for economic policy in LDCs 

Productivity of housewives; economics of marriage and family 

Statistical systems and data for cross-section analysis, especially in LDCs

Other Significant Accomplishments:
Research Fellow, IZA (Institute for Labor Studies), Bonn Germany 

Treasurer,  Assoc. for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry (2000-2009) 

President, Illinois Economics Association, (2001) 

Interim Director of Jewish Studies, UIC (2000-2001) 

Organizer, International Conference on The Economics of Judaism and Jewish Observance (1998, 2000) 

Member, Technical Advisory Committee, National Jewish Population Survey (1997-2003) 

Member, Illinois Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1988-1990) 

Visiting Scholar, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1984-1985) 

Consultant to the World Bank, U.N., I.L.O., and U.S. Government (various dates) 

Phi Kappa Phi, UIC Chapter President (1996-98), Vice President (1994-96) 

International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women

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Contact Information

Office: MC 144