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Dale Bremmer

Professor of Economics

Dr. Dale Bremmer teaches economics and specializes in applied econometrics, industrial organization, monetary theory, and natural resources and energy. His research has covered a variety of topics in economics, including the impact of divorce on female labor force participation and Federal Reserve's behavior in setting interest rates. Dr. Bremmer is a recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award. He also has worked for Indiana's Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor, serving as an expert witness in utility regulation cases.

Teaching Interests

  • Applied econometrics
  • Game theory
  • Labor economics
  • Mathematical economics

Research Experiences

  • Female labor force participation rates
  • The impact of the retired earnings tax on social security recipients
  • The effect of right-to-work laws
  • The asymmetric behavior of oil and diesel prices

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Bremmer, D. and Kesselring, R.G., “The Relationship between U.S. Retail Gasoline and Crude Oil Prices During the Great Recession: ‘Rockets and Feathers’ or ‘Balloons and Rocks’ Behavior?”, Energy Economics, 55, 200-210, March 2016
  • “The Effect of the Right-to-Work Law on the Oklahoma Economy: A Difference-in-Differences Study,” Western Economic Association International Conference, Portland, June 2016
  • “The Real Minimum Wage and Unemployment by Educational Attainment, Age, Ethnicity and Race,” with R. G. Kesselring, International Atlantic Economic Society Conference, Boston, October 2015
  • Bremmer, D. and Kesselring, R.G., “Discouraged vs. Added Workers: Variation by Gender, Age, and Marital Status,” The Social Science Journal, 52(3), 374-385, September 2015
  • “The Effect of Observing Daylight Saving Time on Indiana Employment: A Difference-in-Differences Approach,” with R. G. Kesselring, Western Social Science Association Conference, Portland, April 2015
  • “Female Labor Supply and Social Security’s Earning Test,” with R. G. Kesselring, International Atlantic Economic Society Conference, Savannah, October 2014
  • “Overall Unemployment and the Labor Force Participation of Married, Divorced and Never-Married Females: A Racial Comparison of the Discouraged Worker Effect,” with R. G. Kesselring, International Atlantic Economic Society Conference, Montreal, October 2012
  • Bremmer, D. and Kesselring, R.G., “Setting the Target for the Federal Funds Rate: The Determinants of Fed Behavior,” Applied Economics, 43(11), 1341-1349, April 2011
  • Bremmer, D. and Kesselring, R.G., “Divorce and Female Labor Force Participation: Evidence from Time-Series Data and Cointegration," Atlantic Economic Journal, 32(3), 174 – 189, September 2004
  • Bremmer, D. and Kesselring, R.G., "The Advertising Effect of University Athletic Success: A Reappraisal of the Evidence," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 33(4), 409-421, Winter 1993

Awards & Honors

Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, May 2002

Academic Degrees

  • BS, Arizona State University, 1979
  • MS, Arizona State University, 1981
  • PhD, Texas A&M University, 1985