University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Economics

Faculty - Elaine McCrate

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Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Area of expertise

Labor economics, labor-management relations, gender and the economy, African Americans in the U.S. economy, and econometrics

Contact Information
Email: elaine.mccrate@uvm.edu Phone: 802-656-0192

Office Location: 231 Old Mill

Office Hours:TR, 7:15-8:15 & 1:00-2:00 & by appt.

Dr. McCrate is Associate Professor of Economic and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Vermont. She is a labor economist specializing in the political economy of low-wage labor markets. She has taught courses on Women in the U.S. Economy, the Economics of Work and Family, African Americans in the U.S. Economy, Labor Economics, Labor-Managment Relations, and Econometrics as well as the introductory economic theory courses and Introduction to Women's Studies.

Selected Research

"Flexibility for Whom?: Control Over the Variability of Work Schedules". Feminist Economics, 18:1, 2012.

"Screening for Honesty and Motivation in the Workplace: What Can Affirmative Action Do?", forthcoming in Capitalism on Trial: Explorations in the Tradition of Thomas Weisskopf. Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Robert Pollin, eds., Routledge.

"Employer-Oriented Schedule Flexibility, Gender, and Family Care", forthcoming in Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, Deborah M. Figart and Tonia Warnecke, eds., Edward Elgar.

"Do As You're Told or Else: the Racial Gap in Punishment at Work". Working Paper.

"Why Racial Stereotyping Doesn't Just Go Away." Working Paper.

"The Racial Gap in Workplace Autonomy", in Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Marlene Kim, Routledge, 2007.

2009 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award Winner

The Kidder Award honors excellence in teaching each year to one faculty member. The award is given for motivating students in ways that have a lasting influence on their lives, commitment to student advising, and the ability to provoke student interest and enthusiasm and constructively influence campus life beyond the classroom. Professor McCrate is the 2009 recipient of the Kidder Award for her commitment to working with students. She believes that students can best sort through difficult issues by writing about them and dissecting and digesting the various arguments. Professor McCrate is exceptionally committed to working with students on their independent studies and honors theses, and many students have underscored the importance of her emphasis on writing to their educational and professional success.