Jeffrey C. Begun, Ph.D.


Specialty: Economics

Begun, Jeffrey C.

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 428
Phone: 253-692-4311


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington, 2009.
  • M.A., Economics, University of Colorado at Denver, 2003.
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996.



The classes I teach at UWT focus on economic development and political economy. My courses stress the importance of political factors on economic outcomes, and I do everything possible to get students actively involved during class. Courses I teach at UWT include Comparative Economic Development, Contemporary International Political Economy, International Economics, Rise of East Asia, and China's Rise and its Global Implications.

Recent Publications and Current Research

My research is in the areas of international economics, macroeconomics, and environmental economics. Much of my recent research has focused on the causes of economic growth in different countries and regions. My papers include:

Begun, J. and T.S. Eicher, 2008, "In Search of an Environmental Kuznets Curve in Sulphur Dioxide Concentrations: a Bayesian Model Averaging Approach," Environment and Development Economics 13(6): 795-822.

Begun, J., 2009, "Initial Conditions and Heterogeneity in Cross-Country Growth: An Iterative Bayesian Model Averaging (IBMA) Analysis," Working Paper.

Begun, J., 2009, "Different Growth for Different Folks? Reexamining East Asian Growth Determinants through Iterative Bayesian Model Averaging (IBMA)," Working Paper.