Office Hours: On Leave Spring 2014
Some Recent Published and Unpublished Work
See my Curriculum Vitae [pdf] for a complete list.
"Hope: The Evolution of a Community Development Organization," [pdf] October 2013
"Liquor Store Sales In Pennsylvania: Does the Border Bleed?" [pdf] with Philp N. Jefferson, March 2013
"The Public Option: Government-Provided Off-Street Parking in Downtown Philadelphia," William & Mary Policy Review, Spring 2010.
"Beyond Cash and Carry: Financial Savings, Financial Services, and Low-Income Households in Two Communities" [pdf] a report issued by the Consumer Federation of America Washington, D.C. 1997. This is an old report, but I want to make it available via my website.
John Caskey posing by statue of Maria Sanford.
An expert on consumer finance and banking, Prof. Caskey most recently has focused on pawnshops, check-cashing operations, payday lending and financial firms that primarily serve lower-income people, which he discusses in his book Fringe Banking: Check-Cashing Outlets, Pawnshops, and the Poor. Pawnshops, he says, are "banks" for lower-income people who do not have access to mainstream lenders.
Caskey has also done research on aspects of Philadelphia's economy and community development banks. Caskey, who received his Ph. D. from Stanford University in 1984, has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal, and at the Russell Sage Foundation.
Two links just for fun:
Pictorial history of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. The related academic paper is listed above.
A history of the Swarthmore College Department of Economics by Joshua Hausman. In the picture above, taken in the U.S. Capitol building, I am posing with a statue of Maria Sanford. She was the first person to teach economics at Swarthmore. After leaving the College, she went on to prominence in Minnesota which is why her statue is in the U.S. Capitol.
Community Volunteer Activities:
Member of the Board of Directors of the Chester Community Improvement Project, a not-for-profit low-income housing development agency (1999-present)
Member of the Board of Directors of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (1996-present)