Enoch Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics
On Faculty since 2015

Office: MSC 311
Hours: M 8-9am; T 2:30-4pm; W 8-9am;
R 2:30-5pm
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Ph.D. Economics, University of Minnesota, 2014

M.A. Economics, University of Minnesota, 2013

B.A. Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Wheaton College, 2005

B.S. Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, Wheaton College, 2005

B.S. Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, Wheaton College, 2005

About Enoch Hill

Someone once told me, “Choices between good and bad are generally easy to make. The difficult choices involve distinguishing between better and best.”

Economics is the study of making this distinction. I’m thrilled to have a job that requires me to take the tools economics has to offer and to place them in the hands of students at Wheaton College.

My research interests are rather broad with an emphasis on using macroeconomic models to understand patterns in the business cycle and to advise economic policy. Papers I’ve worked on cover topics of theft, public law enforcement, finance and unemployment. My current research seeks to understand the cause for new patterns in unemployment and labor productivity observable in those recessions post 1990.

Prior to returning to the academic arena I worked as an Actuary with Allstate Insurance Company and spent time in Guatemala working with a Christian organization designed to provide micro-loans to those living in and around the Guatemala City garbage dump. Outside of Wheaton College, I enjoy playing sports, piano and spending time with my amazing wife, Alissa.

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Published Research Papers

“The Geography of the Great Recession” (with A. Fogli and F. Perri), NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2012, (2013), University of Chicago Press

Working Papers

“Public Law Enforcement: More is not Always Better” (With D. Perez-Reyna)

“Cautious Hiring: An Explanation for Changes in the Labor Cycle” (With K. Ding)

“Leverage Away Your Wedge: An Analysis of Banks’ Impact on Output” (With D. Perez-Reyna)

“Linking Firm Structure and Skill Premium” (With M. Maio and D. Perez-Reyna)

Honors, Awards and Designations

  • Silverman Fellowship, Awarded to statistically top performing student of the first year class, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • Distinguished Instructor Award, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011
  • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Received the award for all sections, 2010-12
  • Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Casualty Actuarial Society, 2010
  • Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, Casualty Actuarial Society, 2009
  • Wall Street Journal Award, Award given to one graduating senior in the economics department for academic achievement, Department of Economics, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 2005.

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