Department of Economics

Portrait of Nathan Balke

Economics

Nathan Balke

Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University
Umphrey Lee 301A
214-768-2693

My research areas are in macroeconomics and applied time series analysis.  Much of my current research examines linkage between financial markets, credit frictions and macroeconomic activity.  I am also interested in the determinants of oil price movements and their effect on economic activity.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Time Series Analysis

Courses Taught

Graduate and Undergraduate Macroeconomics

Selected Publications

  • “The Contribution of Economic Fundamentals to Movements in Exchange Rates” (with Jun Ma and Mark Wohar), Journal of International Economics, 30 (1), 2013, 1-16.
  • Market Fundamentals vs Rational Bubbles in Stock Prices: A Bayesian Analysis” (with Mark Wohar), Journal of Applied Econometrics, 24 (1), 2009, 35-75.
  • "The Relative Price Effects of Monetary Shocks",” (with Mark A. Wynne), Journal of Macroeconomics, 29 (1), 2007, 19-36.
  • "Low Frequency Movements in Stock Prices: A State Space Decomposition,”(with Mark Wohar), Review of Economics and Statistics, 84(4), November 2002, 649-667.
  • "Oil Price Shocks and the U.S. Economy: Where Does the Asymmetry Originate?”  (with Stephen P.A. Brown and Mine K. Yücel), Energy Journal, 23(3) 2002, 27-52.
  • "How Well Does the Beige Book Reflect Economic Activity? Evaluating Qualitative Information Quantitatively,” (with D’Ann Petersen), Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 34 (1), February 2002, 114-136.
  • "Credit and Economic Activity: Credit Regimes and Nonlinear Propagation of Shocks, ”Review of Economics and Statistics,  May 2000, 344-349.
  • "Threshold Cointegration," (with T. Fomby), International Economic Review, 38(3), August 1997, 627-646.

Distinctions/Honors/Awards

  • Department Chairman: 2000-2006, 2010-present
  • 2007 Dedman Family Distinguished Professor
  • Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: 1994-present

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