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Amanda Bayer

Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics, Department Chair



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Amanda Bayer is Franklin and Betty Barr Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, where she teaches advanced microeconomic theory, game theory, introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics, and race, ethnicity and gender in economics. She holds a B.A. in economics and psychology from Williams College and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. 


Professor Bayer's scholarship explores diversity, inclusion, and innovation in economic education and research. As detailed in her curriculum vitae, she holds positions at the Federal Reserve Board and the American Economic Association (AEA), including with the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Professional Conduct and the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, and has led projects for other organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Social Science Research Council, and the College Board. She leads the AEA's work on Best Practices for Economists and is the co-organizer of several conferences hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, including Disparities in the Labor Market: What Are We Missing?, Gender and Career Progression (joint with the BOE and ECB), and the National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession in 2014, at which Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen delivered the opening remarks. Professor Bayer is the creator and editor of Diversifying Economic Quality, a widely read online resource supported by the AEA, which promotes inclusive, innovative, and evidence-based teaching practices in economics. The project helps economists to engage students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles and to recalibrate their teaching and research with new insights on race, class, gender, culture, discrimination, and inequality.


In other research projects, Professor Bayer has investigated the effects of youth mentoring programs using econometric analysis and has evaluated randomized controlled trial and quasi-experimental studies of education interventions for the U.S. Department of Education. Using her expertise in game theory, Professor Bayer has researched the effects of strategic behavior in settings such as litigation, labor negotiations, managerial decision making, and neighborhood development. She has partnered with a variety of nonprofit organizations to investigate topics of mutual interest and has led major projects for the College's Peace and Conflict Studies and Athletics programs.

ECON 001. Introduction to Economics
ECON 012. Game Theory and Strategic Behavior
ECON 073. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Economics
ECON 101. Advanced Microeconomics