Jenny Bourne

Second Vice President
Lake Forest College

Jenny Bourne is Raymond Plank Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Indiana University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at Carleton, Jenny taught at St. Olaf College and worked as an international tax economist at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis. Jenny teaches intermediate price theory, intermediate and advanced labor economics, law and economics, American economic history, economics of the public sector, economics of race, and principles of microeconomics. Her book on the economics of Southern slave law, The Bondsman’s Burden, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1998.  She has published articles in the Journal of Economic History, Social Science History, National Tax Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Social Science Quarterly, and several other economics journals and law reviews. Among her recent publications are: “Give Lincoln Credit: How Paying for the Civil War Transformed the U.S. Financial System” (Albany Government Law Review), “Blacks, Whites, and Brown: Effects on the Earnings of Men and Their Sons” (Journal of African American Studies, with Nathan Grawe), “Edith Wharton as Economist:  An Economic Interpretation of The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence” (The Edith Wharton Review),  “New Wine in an Old Bottle:  How Minnesota’s Receivership Statute Can Promote Both Efficiency and Equity” (Hamline Law Review), “Stay East, Young Man? Economic Effects of the Dred Scott Decision” (Chicago-Kent Law Review), and In Essentials, Unity:  An Economic History of the Granger Movement (Ohio University Press). Jenny authored the chapter “The Economics of Slavery” in the recently published Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Edward Elgar), as well as the chapter “The Economic History of Slavery” in Handbook of Modern Economic History (Routledge). She will have a chapter entitled “We Are Coming, Father Abraham, But How Will You Pay For Us?,” in the forthcoming issue of U.S. Capitol Historical Society Papers (Ohio University Press).  She has served as an expert lecturer on race in American history under a Teaching American History grant and as co-director of a workshop series on the law of slavery at the Gilder-Lehrman Center at Yale University.   Her current research includes an analysis of wealth concentration and returns to capital across wealth groups, an investigation of taxes paid across wealth groups, and the effects of the Civil War on the postbellum economy.