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Andy Helms


Department of Economics 

Washington College 

Chestertown, MD 21620 

(410) 778-8983


University of Illinois 1995 - 2002

DEGREES  : Ph.D. (2002) and M.S. (1997) in Economics

FIELDS  : Urban and public economics ;  microeconomics

GPA  : 3.7 / 4.0

AWARDS  : Boltz Fellowship : the Department’s sole fellowship, awarded to one incoming Ph.D. student

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Doctoral Dissertation Grant :

  awarded to 30 graduate students nationwide to support one year of dissertation research

DISSERTATION  : “The Economics of Housing Renovation” 

  nominated for best doctoral dissertation, American Real Estate & Urban Economics Assoc.

State University of New York at Binghamton 1991 - 1995

DEGREE  : B.S. (1995) with high honors in Economics ;  minors in Mathematics and Russian

GPA  : 3.7 / 4.0

AWARD  : Gitlitz Scholarship : the college’s top merit scholarship, awarded to one incoming student



Assistant Professor 

  Washington College, Department of Economics 2008 - present

COURSES  : Principles of Microeconomics 

Principles of Macroeconomics 

Intermediate Microeconomics 

Urban Economics 

Mathematical Economics

Visiting Assistant Professor 

  State University of New York at Binghamton, Department of Economics 2007 - 2008

Temporary Assistant Professor 

  University of Georgia, Department of Economics 2002 - 2005

Graduate Lecturer 

  University of Illinois, Department of Economics 1997 - 2002

AWARDS  : University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching : the University’s highest teaching award 

College of Commerce Teaching Award : the College’s highest teaching award 

Demarest Teaching Award : the Department’s highest teaching award



“Understanding Gentrification :  An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Urban Housing Renovation”

  Published in Journal of Urban Economics (volume 54, issue 3), Nov. 2003.    |   full text (pdf)

“Keeping Up with the Joneses :  Neighborhood Effects in Housing Renovation”

  Published in Regional Science and Urban Economics (volume 42, issue 2), Jan. 2012.    |   full text (pdf)



“An Undergraduate Exposition of Krugman’s ‘Core-Periphery’ Model”

  Plan to complete and submit to Journal of Economic Education in spring 2012.


October 2011