Dr. Michael A. Malcolm

Michael A. Malcolm


Dr. Michael Malcolm is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at West Chester University. He holds a B.A. in Music and Economics from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Malcolm has won numerous teaching awards over the course of his career, and his paper on pornography and marriage was featured on Slate and in the Washington Post's policy blog. His teaching interests lie in applied microeconomics, including game theory, economics of the law and econometrics. Dr. Malcolm's research focuses on household economics and includes work on child maltreatment, female labor supply, household resource allocation, and the economics of marriage and divorce. His work has been published in a number of journals, including Economics Letters, Applied Economics and Review of Economics of the Household.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, August 2007, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. in Economics, December 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A. in Economics and Music, May 2002, Bucknell University

Area of Expertise

  • Household economics
  • Game theory
  • Applied microeconomics

Relevant Professional/Applied Experience

  • West Chester University, 2013-present, Assistant/Associate Professor
  • American University of Sharjah, 2007-2013, Assistant Professor

Recent Publications/Journals/Books

  • Prescription Opioid Misuse and Property Crime (with McCaslin Giles). Social Science Quarterly 102, 2 (2021): 663-682.
  • Child Discipline in Times of Conflict (with George Naufal and Vidya Diwakar). Journal of Conflict Resolution 64, 6 (2020): 1070-1094.
  • Violent Conflict and Breastfeeding: The Case of Iraq (with George Naufal and Vidya Diwakar). Conflict and Health 13, 61 (2019).
  • Do Local Exports Impact Congressional Voting on Free Trade Agreements? Economics Letters 154 (2017): 31-34.
  • Are Pornography and Marriage Substitutes for Young Men? (with George Naufal). Eastern Economic Journal 42, 3 (2016): 317-334.
  • Selection Works Both Ways: BMI and Marital Formation among Young Women (with Ilker Kaya). Review of Economics of the Household 14, 2 (2016): 293-311.

Professional and Community Engagement

  • Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (state delegate; budget committee)
  • University Success Task Group (statewide)
  • Economics faculty search committee (chair)
  • Student judicial board (hearing officer)

Classes Regularly Taught

  • ECO 112 Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • ECO 333 Household Economics
  • ECO 340 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 341 Public Finance
  • ECO 342 Economics of the Law
  • ECO 346 Game Theory
  • ECO 349 Industrial Organization
  • ECO 400 Research Methods – Business & Economics


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