James Freeman

Associate Professor of Economics


Knapton 005

(508) 286-3666

(508) 286-3640



Ph.D., Florida State University
M.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
B.A., Wabash College

Research Interests

Labor Economics, International Trade and Finance, Applied Econometrics

Teaching Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • International Trade
  • International Financial and Monetary Economics
  • Applied Econometrics (Quantitative Analysis and Statistics)
  • Microeconomic Theory and Applications


Asiedu, Elizabeth, James A. Freeman, and Akwasi Nti-Addae ” Access to Credit by Small Businesses: How Relevant is Race, Ethnicity, and Gender?,” Papers and Proceedings of  Annual Meeting of American Economic Association (forthcoming)

Asiedu, Elizabeth and James A. Freeman “The Effect of Corruption on Investment Growth: Evidence from Firms in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Transition Economies,” Review of Development Economics 13 (May 2009), 200 -214.

Freeman, James and Barry T. Hirsch “College Majors and Knowledge Content of Jobs,” Economics of Education Review, 27 (2008), 517-535.

Asiedu, Elizabeth, and James A. Freeman, “The Effect of Globalization on Firm Profits: Do Owners’ Race/Ethnicity Matter?” Papers and Proceedings of the 119 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, May 2007.

Freeman, James A. and Barry T. Hirsch, “Do Returns to Human Capital Equalize Across Occupational Paths?,” Research in Labor Economics (Worker Wellbeing in a Changing Labor Market), 20 (2001) 217-42.

Conference Presentations

“Investment and Uncertainty: How Do Firms Respond to Unpredictable Changes in Economic and Financial Policies and Business Rules and Regulations?”, co-authored with Elizabeth Asiedu and Adisorn Rotjanpan, presented at the Midwest Economic Association Meetings, Minneapolis, MN, March 2007.

“The Effect of Globalization on Small and Medium Enterprises in the U.S: Do Owners’ Race/Ethnicity Matter?”, co-authored with Elizabeth Asiedu, presented at Joint National Economic Association (NEA) and American Economic Association (AEA) sessions at the Allied Social Sciences Meetings, Chicago, IL, January 2007.

“Corruption and Investment: Is Sub-Saharan Africa Different? Evidence from Firm Level Data,” coauthored with Elizabeth Asiedu, presented at the Allied Social Sciences Meetings, Boston, MA, January 2006.

“College Majors and Knowledge Content of Jobs,” coauthored with Barry T. Hirsch, presented at the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE) and European Labor Economists Society, San Francisco, CA, June 2005.

“Corruption and Investment: Evidence from Firm Level Data,” co-authored with Elizabeth Asiedu, presented at the Midwest Economic Association Meetings, Milwaukee, WI, March 2005.

“Do Rates of Returns Equalize Across Occupations?”, co-authored with Barry Hirsch, presented at the Southern Economic Association meetings, November 1998.

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, National Economics Association
  • Member, Africa Finance and Economics Association