Dr. Steven McMullen

Assistant Professor of Economics
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Steven McMullen began teaching economics at Hope in 2014. He teaches microeconomic and macroeconomic theory courses and the history of economic thought.

Areas of expertise

Steven engages in empirical education policy research. His published work includes studies of year-round schooling, school crowding and homework. He is currently pursuing work on private school enrollment trends.

His second area of expertise is in ethics and theology in economics, with a particular focus on animal ethics. He has written about theological critiques of economics, environmental ethics and will soon publish a book on the place of animals in the economy.


  • Ph.D., economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • B.A., economics, Bethel College, 2004

Honors, grants and awards

  • 2014 Warren Samuels Prize from the Association for Social Economics
  • Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, since 2014

Selected publications

  • “The Distributional Effects of the Multi-Track Year-Round Calendar: A Quantile Regression Approach,” with K. Rouse and J. Haan, forthcoming in Applied Economics Letters
  • “Is Capitalism to Blame? Animal Lives in the Marketplace,” forthcoming in Journal of Animal Ethics
  • “Economics, Environmental Ethics, and Property Law,” with D. Molling, in Law and Social Economics: Essays in Ethical Values for Theory, Practice, and Policy, 2015
  • “Radical Orthodox Economics,” in Christian Scholars Review, 2014
  • "Examining the Place of Ethics in Economics: A Review," in Review of Social Economy, 2014
  • “Can Economists Speak for Farmed Animals? A Review,” Journal of Animal Ethics. 2013

Outside the college

Steven enjoys writing on his blog.


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Dr. Steven McMullen

Phone Number616.395.7579

VanZoeren 172 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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