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Philip Jefferson

Centennial Professor of Economics

On Leave 2019-2020



  2. Phone: (610) 690-6856
  3. Kohlberg 209

Curriculum vitae [pdf]

Poverty: A Very Short Introduction

The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty

Jefferson, P., & Pryor F. (2013). “Statistical Appendix: Labor/Health,”


Philip Jefferson, a former research economist at the Federal Reserve Board, teaches courses on econometrics and poverty and inequality. His recent research has delved into such issues as the role of education as a buffer against unemployment, the effect of business cycles on poverty rates, and the distribution of income between labor and capital.

Jefferson, whose research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and who served as president of the National Economic Association, can also provide expert commentary on the Federal Reserve and the monetary policy making process.

Jefferson has held visiting appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the University of California. Before coming to Swarthmore, he taught at Columbia University and the University of Virginia. He holds a B.A. in economics from Vassar College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.


ECON 015. Economic Poverty and Inequality
ECON 035. Econometrics
ECON 135. Advanced Econometrics