John Fitzgerald

William D. Shipman Professor of Economics

Teaching this semester

ECON 1102. Principles of Macroeconomics, C

An introduction to economic analysis and institutions, with special emphasis on determinants of the level of national income, prices, and employment. Current problems of inflation and unemployment are explored with the aid of such analysis, and alternative views of the effectiveness of fiscal, monetary, and other governmental policies are analyzed. Attention is given to the sources and consequences of economic growth and to the nature and significance of international linkages through goods and capital markets.

ECON 3511. Economic Evaluation of Public Programs

Seminar. How to measure the effectiveness of public policy programs. Covers the basics of cost-benefit analysis and modern empirical methods used to measure and evaluate impacts of public programs. Examines the strengths and limitations of randomized control experiments, natural experiments, and non-experimental observational designs with applications to education, health, public assistance, and labor market policies.

John M. Fitzgerald received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1983 and has been on the faculty of Bowdoin College since that time. In 2006 he was named to the William D. Shipman Chair in Economics.  He has also been an Honorary Fellow (visitor) at the University of Wisconsin, an associate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and an American Statistical Association/Census Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census in Washington D.C., and a New Zealand Treasury Visiting Research Fellow.

His current research focuses on attrition issues in models of intergenerational links in health and income, particularly sibling models.  Research interests include the effects of government welfare and anti-poverty programs on family well-being, labor supply and family structure in the US and in New Zealand (where he spent a recent sabbatical), and the economics of marriage and its relation to labor supply. Other interests include study of earnings instability, the measurement of poverty, and the valuation of household production (housework).

He enjoys teaching courses in public economics (government taxing and spending), intermediate microeconomics, economic statistics and econometrics, as well as principles of economics. Native to Montana, he enjoys fly fishing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities.


  • B.A., University of Montana, 1978
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin; Madison, 1980
  • Ph. D., Economics, University of Wisconsin; Madison, 1983

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