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Steve DeLoach - Elon University. Elon, NC, US

Steve DeLoach Steve DeLoach

Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics | Elon University


Steve DeLoach researches international trade, development and labor


In the 18 years Steve DeLoach has been at Elon, he has had 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, earning the professor of economics in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business recognition in his field for his work.

In addition to peer-reviewed journals, DeLoach has published a book chapter and presented multiple times at top international economics conferences. His work has been cited more than 300 times. In 2009 he received the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and in 2010 he was the Hollingsworth Visiting Scholar at Furman University.

DeLoach has mentored more than 50 undergraduate projects that resulted in presentations at national and regional conferences.

While DeLoach’s approach to research has changed over the years, his work has remained focused on questions pertinent to international growth and development, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Throughout his career, DeLoach has continually broadened his research. In 1999 he collaborated with a colleague on ways to incorporate online, asynchronous discussions into intermediate macro-economic classes to help develop students’ critical thinking skills. In 2001 he worked with a colleague and studied the effects of government policy on international trade flows.

In 2005 DeLoach learned how use household and individual response data to identify causal relationships. He eventually wrote a paper with Tina Das, professor of economics, for the Journal of Socio-Economics that received a lot of media attention because it showed that men who spend more time grooming are paid more than men who don’t, and women who do the same actually earn lower wages than their counterparts.

DeLoach is the 15th recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose research has earned peer commendation and respect, and who has made significant contributions to his or her field of study.

Areas of Expertise (4)



International Trade






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Steve DeLoach: 'Saving Billions: The Real Impact of Microfinance on World Poverty' Distinguished Scholar Award: Steve DeLoach Economics professor discusses bailout bill



Education (3)

Michigan State University: Ph.D., Economics 1993

Michigan State University: M.A., Economics 1990

University of Nebraska: B.A., Business Administration 1986

Media Appearances (6)

Economics professors present at UNC-Wilmington teaching workshop

Elon University  online


Steve DeLoach, professor of economics and chair of the Department of Economics, and Brandon Sheridan, assistant professor of economics, served as presenters during the 17th annual Teaching Workshop at UNC-Wilmington on Oct. 20.
The organizers of the workshop explain, “The workshop is devoted to the teaching of economics and focuses on applicable ideas and information that you can quickly put to use in your classrooms.”

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Steve DeLoach leads graduate seminar in Germany

Elon University  online


Steve DeLoach, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, recently taught a graduate seminar at RWTH University in Aachen, Germany.
The three-week seminar focused on the economics of microfinance, an area in which DeLoach has been researching and publishing for the last 10 years. He teaches a similar undergraduate course at Elon.

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Have NC tax cuts boosted economy? Not so much, economists say

Asheville Citizen-Times  online


The extensive article, which included insights from Elon Economics Professor Steve DeLoach, looked at varying perspectives on the impact of tax cuts on the North Carolina as the legislature considers its two-year budget.

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Premiums Increasing for Affordable Care Act Customers in NC

WFMY News 2 - CBS affiliate  tv


A recent report by WFMY News 2 about the premium increases that customers of Affordable Care Act health insurance policies will be facing included insights from Steve DeLoach, professor of economics at Elon University.

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What encourages the unemployed to look for work?

Triad Business Journal  online


What encourages unemployed people to look hard for work? That's a politically charged question that academics at Elon University are wading into.

What matters more, according to preliminary data collected by Elon economists Steve DeLoach and Mark Kurt, are stock market returns and housing prices. Unemployment benefits do not appear to have much impact on job search intensity, they also found.

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Readers And Tweeters Bare Their Teeth On Dental Disparities (And Other Fine Points)

Kaiser Health News, The Washington Post  online


An aggregation of responses to the revelation that a 61-year-old academic had to rely on handouts from his mom to cough up over $50,000 for dental work (“When Is Insurance Not Really Insurance? When You Need Pricey Dental Care,” May 21).

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Articles (5)

The Role of Savings and Credit in Coping with Idiosyncratic Household Shocks The Journal of Development Studies

Steve DeLoach, Marquessa Smith-Lin


On-the-Job Search, Mismatch and Worker Heterogeneity Journal of Labor Research

Steve DeLoach, Mark Kurt


Reconsidering the tradeoff between work and study time Applied Economic Letters

Steve DeLoach, Stephanie Franz and Jennifer Platania


Discouraging workers: Estimating Impacts of Macroeconomic Shocks on Search Intensity of Unemployed Journal of Labor Research

Steve DeLoach, Mark Kurt


Not driving alone? American Commuting in the Twenty-first Century Transportation

Steve DeLoach, Thomas Tiemann