Professor of Economics, Lawrence E. DeVore Professor of Economics, Dept Chair
Prof. Mikek joined the Wabash community in the Department of Economics in 2004. He enjoys a dialogue-based, interactive approach to teaching and is known for an engaging and vivacious teaching style. His primary teaching focus includes the hot topic Macroeconomics, the always interesting International Economics, and the popular Money and Banking. He also teaches an interdisciplinary course on Economics of the European Union and Economics of Latin America. As part of the class, he has led several immersion trips for his students to the institutions of the European Union in Belgium and Germany. He also participated in the Wabash Ecuador Program (a month long experience for our students in Ecuador) with an economics module. His rich international background allows him to bring broader economic and cultural perspectives to his teaching. His classes regularly apply theoretical concepts to particular real world policy problems, such as responses to the recent financial crisis and recession, monetary policy in hyperinflation, or the question of whether China will become richer than the US. His research is centered on studying the whole economy and its policies in the context of economic links with the rest of the world.
Before coming to Wabash, Prof. Mikek amassed substantial teaching experiences at Indiana University and abroad. Most recently he taught in China and Slovenia. He speaks some German, Spanish, Slovenian, and Croatian and takes pleasure in reading in those languages. He enjoys spending his limited free time working in the yard or playing with his kids and dogs.
Ph.D. in Economics, Indiana University, July 1999.
M.A. in Economics, Indiana University, August 1995.
M.A. degree in Economics, School of Economics and Business, Maribor, Slovenia, 1993.
B.S. in Economics, School of Economics and Business, Maribor, Slovenia, 1990.
RECENT COURSE OFFERINGS
ECO 292 – Macroeconomics
ECO 362 – Money and Banking
ECO 332 – International Finance
ECO 221 – Economics of the EU
ECO 101 – Principles of Economics
ECO 222 – Comparative Economics Systems (China)
ECO 253 – Econometrics
ECO 277 - Economics of Latin America
"Income Inequality in Latin America and Eastern EU through the Great Recession: An Ordered Probit Analysis," with A. Carter Advances in Economics and Business, vol. 5, no. 10, 2017, 539-549.
"The Dynamics of Shock Correlations between the Old and New Members of the European Union," Eastern European Economics, vol. 48, no. 1, 2010: 23-42.
"Shocks to new and old Europe: How symmetric?" Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 47, no. 4, 2009: 811-830.
"Alternative monetary policies and fiscal regime in new EU members," Economic Systems, vol. 32, no.4, 2008: 335-353.
"Inflation Targeting and Switch of Fiscal Regime in New Zealand," Applied Economics 36, 2004: 165-172.
MAJORS & MINORS
- Accounting (pipeline)
- Asian Studies (minor)
- Black Studies (minor)
- Business (minor)
- Computer Science
- Education Studies (minor)
- Engineering (dual-degree)
- Environmental Studies (minor)
- Financial Economics
- Film and Digital Media (minor)
- Gender Studies (minor)
- Global Health (minor)
- Hispanic Studies
- Law (pre-professional)
- Medicine (pre-professional)
- Modern Languages
- Neuroscience (minor)
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
- Political Science