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Carmel U. Chiswick, PhD

Professor Emerita


Selected Publications

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


PhD, Columbia University, 1972

Professional Memberships

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

Research Currently in Progress

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