Jeffrey Yankow

Jeffrey Yankow

David C. Garrett, Jr. Professor of Economics

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Jeff Yankow (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) joined the Furman economics faculty in 1999 and has held the David C. Garrett, Jr. Chair in Economics since 2008. He regularly teaches courses in labor economics, the history of economic thought, intermediate microeconomics, senior economics seminar, and a freshman seminar on Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations

Dr. Yankow's extensive research agenda has focused on the pecuniary returns to geographic mobility, the effect of neighborhoods on work behavior, the patterns of job search among young workers, and why workers living in cities earn higher real wages. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Journal of Urban Economics. He was also instrumental in the creation of the department's Richard Stanford Prize, which celebrates the research and writing efforts of Furman students by recognizing the best paper written on an economics topic in a given year.

Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Yankow played minor league baseball in the Kansas City Royals' farm system. In 2010, he lived for six months in Ukraine and served as an official international observer for the Ukrainian presidential election in that year. In 2015 and 2018, he spent the spring term lecturing in Scotland while leading the Furman in Edinburgh study away program. When not working in his office, he can usually be found reading something on the history and art of Western Civilization, running on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, or nosing a fine single malt whiskey.


  • David C. Garrett, Jr. Endowed Chair in Economics, Furman University, 2008-present
  • Robert E. Hughes Endowed Professorship, Furman University, 1999-2002
  • William H. Green Memorial Fellowship, Ohio State University, 1998-99


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Wilkes University


  • "The Effect of Cumulative Job Mobility on Early-Career Wage Development: Does Job Mobility Actually Pay?" Social Science Quarterly, 103(3), 2022, 709-723.
  • "Employed Job Search Among Young Workers:Do Women Still Search Less Than Men in the Internet Age?" International Advances in Economic Research, 23(2), 2017, 245-259.
  • "U.S. State Economic Freedom and the Labor Supply of Young Workers," Modern Economy, 7(7), 2016, 822-828.
  • "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of State Economic Freedom on Individual Wages," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 44(1), 2014, 58-70.
  • "Gender Differences in Employed Job Search: Why Do Women Search Less Than Men?" (with Mary Jean Horney), Modern Economy, 4(7), 2013, 489-500.
  • "The Impact of Advertising on Fund Flows in Alternative Distribution Channels" (with Thomas I. Smythe, Michael Jones, and Vance Lesseig), International Journal of Financial Research, 2(1), 2011, 2-22.
  • "Some Empirical Evidence of the Efficacy of Job Matching in Urban Labor Markets," International Advances in Economic Research, 15(2), 2009, 233-244.
  • "Why Do Cities Pay More? An Empirical Examination of Some Competing Theories of the Urban Wage Premium," Journal of Urban Economics, 60(2), 2006, 139-161.
  • "The Geographic Mobility of Displaced Workers: Do Local Labor Market Conditions Matter?" Review of Regional Studies, 34(2), 2004, 120-136.
  • "Do Neighborhoods Affect Hours Worked? Evidence from Longitudinal Data," with Bruce A. Weinberg and Patricia B. Reagan, Journal of Labor Economics, 22(4), 2004, 891-924.
  • "Migration, Job Change and Wage Growth: A New Perspective on the Pecuniary Return to Geographic Mobility," Journal of Regional Science, 43(3), 2003, 483-516.
  • "Does Distance Matter? A Comparison of Boundary and Distance-Based Measures of Internal Migration," Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 28(3), 2002/2003, 161-175.
  • "Migration, Job Change, and Sample Selection: A Probit Approach to Estimating the Determinants of Internal Migration," Pennsylvania Economic Review, 12(1), 2003, 1-11.
  • "The Wage Dynamics of Internal Migration within the United States," Eastern Economic Journal, 25(3), 1999, 265-278.