Economics faculty pursue research in areas including the political economy of developmental aid, global monetary policy, business strategy and market structure of a variety of industries. In collaboration with the Center for the Study of Church Management, faculty members also conduct research in the areas of administration, professional financial management, and human resource management as they apply to the Catholic Church and its institutions.

Recent Faculty Distinctions

Scott Dressler received the Richard Naclerio Emerging Scholar in Economics Award
David Fiorenza received the Meyer ICE Award

Scott Dressler received the McDonough Family Faculty Award
Charles Zech was awarded the Lumen Gentium Award by the Conference for Pastoral Planning and Council Development, a lifetime achievement award

Charles Zech received the Christian Stewardship Award from the International Catholic Stewardship Council
Mary Kelly won the Villanova University Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Editorial Appointments

Christopher Kilby,
Editorial Board Member, Review of International Organizations

Recent Publications

Kilby, C. Forthcoming. "Informal influence in the Asian Development Bank." Review of International Organizations.

Carleton, C. and S. Clain. 2011. "Women, Men, and Job Satisfaction." Eastern Economic Journal.

Dressler, Scott. "Money Holdings, Inflation, and Welfare in a Competitive Market." International Economic Review, 2011.

Li, S. and Dressler, Scott. "Business Cycle Asymmetries via Occasionally Binding International Borrowing Constraints." Journal of Macroeconomics, 2011.

Dressler, Scott. "Economies of Scale in Banking, Indeterminacy, and Monetary Policy." Economic Inquiry, 2011.

Mao, W. and Peter A. Zaleski, "The Effect of Leasing versus Buying on Entry Deterrence," Managerial and Decision Economics, 2011.

Mao, W. and Michael Pagano,"Specialists as risk managers: The competition between intermediated and non-intermediated markets," Journal of Banking & Finance, 2011

Zaleski, Peter A. "Start-ups and external equity: the role of entrepreneurial experience," Business Economics, 2011

Giordano, James. "Gibrat's Law with Mild Nonrandom Growth." Atlantic Economic Journal, 2010.

Kilby, C. and A. Dreher. 2010. "The impact of aid on growth revisited: Do donor motives matter?" Economic Letters.

Fleck, R. and C. Kilby. 2010. "Changing aid regimes? U.S. foreign aid from the cold war to the war on terror." Journal of Development Economics.

Dave, C., S. Dressler, and L. Zhang.  "The Bank Lending Channell:  a FAVAR Analysis."  Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Forthcoming.  

Charles Zech.  "The Effective Design of Church Websites:  Extending the Consumer Evaluation of Websites to the Non-Profit Sector", Information Systems Management, Forthcoming (Co-Authors William Wagner and Robert West)

Charles Zech.  "Church Governance in Light of the Sex Abuse Scandal: The Need for Financial Accountability, Transparency and Sound Internal Financial Controls" in Thomas G. Plante and Kathleen McChesney (eds.), Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis, 2002-2012, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011, pp.131-41.

Charles Zech. Best Practices in Catholic Church Ministry Performance Management (Editor), Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

Charles Zech. Best Practices of Catholic Pastoral and Finance Councils, Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Press, (Co-authors Mary L. Gautier, Robert J. Miller, and Mary Bendyna), 2.

Thought Leadership

Economics faculty members publish in the following journals:     

  • Journal of Monetary Economics
  • Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
  • European Economic Review
  • International Economic Review
  • The Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Atlantic Economic Journal
  • Eastern Economic Journal
  • Journal of Economic Literature

For More Information

Wen Mao
Chair, Economics
(610) 519-4370