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My name is Andrew Jonelis and I'm currently a PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky working towards a doctoral degree in economics. My primary research interests are economic growth and development. My dissertation focuses on institutions and development. My job market paper uses control of the legislature to predict the probability of replacement for governing politicians and how it affects economic growth. My other research interests include international economics, political economy, public finance, and Sub-Saharan African economies.

My undergraduate degree is from Indiana University where I majored in business economics, international business, and public policy at the Kelley School of Business. During my undergraduate career, I studied abroad at Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands with my courses focusing on European economic and political integration. I also was able to travel through the European Union and practice my Dutch and German.

In Namibia with the San people

After my undergraduate education, I worked for the International Monetary Fund as an economic systems analyst and then as a research analyst in the African department. I had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Article IV Mission to Namibia while I was a research analyst. In Namibia, our team of economists went on safari to the Erindi game park and met with the indigenous San people (pictured above).


In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching basketball. My favorite teams are the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Hoosiers (I'll also cheer for the Kentucky Wildcats as long as they don't play the Hoosiers). When I want to unwind, I'll either read or practice yoga. I also enjoy going on hikes with my wife and our dog (pictured above).


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