Member of the Month

Dr. Ben Kyer


Ben Kyer Ph.D.
Professor of Economics at 
Frances Marion University

As the summer continues on, IAES welcomes our July member of the month Dr. Ben Kyer. Dr. Kyer joined the Francis Marion University faculty in 1989. He teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, History of Economic Thought, Public Finance, and MBA 705 Economic Analysis, and Economic Analysis. His extensive research has appeared in The Journal of Macroeconomics, The Atlantic Economic Journal, Public Finance Quarterly, Journal of Economic Education, and The American Economist. Dr. Kyer’s current research focuses on the concept of double-dip recession.

Why did you become a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society?

I have been a member of the I.A.E.S. since 1987, when I published my first paper in the Atlantic Economic Journal. Since then I have published other papers in this Society’s journals and attended about 25 of its conferences. I have enjoyed very much being a member of the I.A.E.S.

What types of projects/research are you working on and what inspired/motivated you to pursue that interest?

My research partner and dear friend Gary Maggs and I are currently exploring the relatively-neglected concept of double-dip recession. We noticed that this particular macroeconomic concept is neither well-defined theoretically nor much examined empirically. With real GDP data from more than 20 nations, we have found that double-dip recessions are fairly common.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering entering your line of work/field of study?

Two words: preparation and passion. Good classroom lectures require much preparation through hard work. A college professor should never go to class unprepared. You must love what you do. Be passionate about your topics of discussion. Mick Jagger sings “I know its only rock-n-roll but I like it, like it, yes I do!” Don’t be afraid to have and demonstrate passion for our discipline as Mick does for his. (Fun fact: Mick Jagger was once a student of finance and accounting at the London School of Economics.)

Going forward, what other projects/research are you looking to or hoping to pursue? 

I think I’d like my next research project and paper to be either in public finance or the history of economic thought.

What’s your favorite hobby?

In my spare time I enjoy running, reading (especially about World War II ), playing and listening to music, and travelling with my wife, particularly in Europe.

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