The economics department congratulates Associate Professor John Parman for receiving a 2018 Plumeri Award. Each year, the awards recognize 20 faculty members for outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service.
Parman’s research interests include economic history and labor economics with a focus on health, education and the economics of the family. Since joining William & Mary in 2011, his projects include the study of the effects of children's health on families' educational investment decisions and examining changes in intergenerational correlations in health and economic outcomes over time. He has taught Government Regulation of Business, Global Economic History, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory and American Economic History, and in the future will be teaching American Mobility and Inequality. His work has appeared in the Journal of Economic History and interdisciplinary journals such as Social Science History and Social Science and Medicine. He has expertise in historical U.S. Census data, linking records across censuses. He has also explored how changes to American public educational institutions altered investments in children and the resulting outcomes for those children. He has published book reviews, popular press articles, book chapters, peer-reviewed academic articles and currently has four active manuscripts. At the annual Economics History Association meetings, Parman’s work has won the “Best Paper of the Year” award three times (2017, 2016 and 2013) for his published works. He holds a doctorate in economics from Northwestern University.