Dr. Jonathan Ernest

About Me

I currently serve as Assistant Professor of Economics in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

My experiences conducting research both in academia and the private sector have enhanced my ability to use SAS, Excel, and Stata to analyze large and complex data sets to produce interesting and actionable results. In 2009, I obtained dual Bachelors of Science degrees in political science and economics from Clemson University. Upon graduation, I spent four years as a competitive intelligence analyst in the automobile insurance industry. I then returned to Clemson for graduate school, where I obtained my MA in economics in 2015, and a PhD in economics in 2019.

During my time in graduate school, I found my passion for teaching while leading over 500 students in principles of economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics courses. As a result of my efforts as an instructor, I had the honor of being nominated and awarded the Clemson University College of Business Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award for the 2017-2018 school year, and the Outstanding Graduate Teacher of Record Award for 2018-2019 .

I utilize my background in American politics, private enterprise, and economics to guide my research into the incentives created by government policies. My dissertation research was awarded 1st place for the College of Business in the 2018 Clemson University Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS) poster competition. In addition to my own research, I have had the pleasure of providing research assistance and support to Dr. Thomas Hazlett and the Information Economy Project

In my free time, I write short articles for a general audience analyzing everyday news articles with an economic perspective at stealtheconomics.com.