The Catholic University of America

Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business

Presented by The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics

September 24 – 26, 2014

Andrew M. Yuengert, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Pepperdine University

AbelaAndrew M. Yuengert is a Professor of Economics at Seaver College, Pepperdine University. Professor Yuengert holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in economics from Yale University. He has taught economics at Pepperdine for fifteen years. Before coming to Pepperdine, he taught at Bates College in Maine, and was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Professor Yuengert has made research contributions in several fields: economic philosophy, Catholic Social Teaching, the empirical study of religion, labor economics, and finance. He is a former President of the Association of Christian Economists, and currently serves as editor of its journal, Faith & Economics. Recent books include The Boundaries of Technique: Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research, from Lexington Books, and Inhabiting the Land: the Case for the Right to Migrate, published by the Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty. He is currently researching a book on relationship between economic theories of choice and the Aristotelian concept of practical wisdom.

Professor Yuengert lives in Moorpark, California with his wife Elizabeth and their three children: Rachel, Aaron, and Joseph.


Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • American Economics Association
  • Association of Christian Economists
  • Association for Social Economics
  • Society of Catholic Social Scientists
  • The Philadelphia Society

Academic Interests:

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Economic Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Ethics and Economy Theory
  • Finance
  • Immigration Policy
  • Labor Economics
  • Religion

Selected Works:

  • The Boundaries of Technique: Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004).
  • Inhabiting the Land: The Case for the Right to Migrate, Monograph, Christian Social Thought Series, Center for Economic Personalism, 2004., 1999
  • Prudence and Development Ethics, in New Directions in Development Ethics: Essays in Honor of Denis Goulet, eds. Charles K. Wilber and Amitava Krishna Dutt (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming).
  • Free Markets and the Culture of Consumption, in Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy, ed. Philip Booth (London: Institute for Economic Analysis, 2007).
  • From Prophecy to Policy: Bishops, Prudence, and Immigration Politics, University of St. Thomas Law Journal, Summer 2006.
  • The Multiple Purposes of Models: The Case of Rational Addiction, Journal of Economic Methodology, March 2006.
  • International Migration and the Universal Common Good, The Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Spring 2004.
  • Why Did the Economist Cross the Road? The Hierarchical Logic of Ethical and Economic Reasoning, Economics and Philosophy, October 2002.
  • The Common Good for Economists, Faith and Economics, Fall 2001.
  • Do Bishops Matter? A Cross-sectional Study of Ordinations to the Roman Catholic Priesthood by Diocese, Review of Religious Research, Spring, 2001.
  • Rational Choice with Passion: Virtue in a Model of Rational Addiction, Review of Social Economy, March, 2001.
  • Catholic Social Teaching and Economics on Immigration, Journal of Markets and Morality, Spring 2000.
  • The Uses of Economics in Papal Encyclicals, in Religion and Economics: Normative Social Theory, eds. James Dean and A.M.C. Waterman (Kluwer Press, 1999).
  • Free Markets and Character, Catholic Social Science Review, Fall 1996.
  • Testing Hypotheses of Immigrant Self-Employment, Journal of Human Resources, Winter 1995.
  • Immigrant Earnings, Relative to What? The Importance of Earnings Function Specification and Comparison Points, Journal of Applied Econometrics, February 1994.
  • The Measurement of Efficiency in Life Insurance: Estimates of a Mixed Normal-Gamma Error Model, Journal of Banking and Finance, April 1993.
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