Janice Hauge

Janice Hauge


2001 Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florida,
Gainesville, Fla.

Dissertation: Effects of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act on Medicare Managed Care Providers. Committee: D. Sappington (Chair), C. Ai, H. Elms, D. Figlio, S. Slutsky Fields: Health Economics, Industrial Organization and Regulation

1991 MSc in Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
Concentration in Development Economics and Economic History. Dissertation: Educational Aid to Underdeveloped Countries

1989 BA, American Studies and Economics, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York


Hauge, Janice A. and Stanley Chimahusky, (2016) “Are promises meaningless in an uncertain crowdfunding environment?” Economic Inquiry, 54:3, pp: 1621-1630. 

Jamison, Mark A. and Janice A. Hauge, (2016) “Adding dimension to merger analysis,” Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 0:0, pp. 1-14, doi:10.1093/joclec/nhv039.

Hauge, Janice A. and James E. Prieger, (2015) “Evaluating the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s BTOP on broadband adoption,” Applied Economics, 47:60, pp: 6553-6579.

Jamison, Mark A. and Janice A. Hauge, (2015) Lessons from the evolution of merger guidelines in the United States,” Journal of Contemporary Management, 4:2, pp: 59-74.

Hauge, Janice A.  (2014) “Mergers and acquisitions in radio and television broadcasting: Foundations for best practices,” Utilities Policy, 31, pp: 133-142.

Jamison, Mark A. and Janice A. Hauge, (2014) “Do common carriage, special infrastructure, and general purpose technology rationales justify regulating communications networks?” Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 10:2, pp: 475-493.

Hauge, Janice A., Mark Jamison and James Prieger, (2012) “Oust the louse: Does political pressure discipline regulators?” The Journal of Industrial Economics, 60:2, pp: 299–332.

Hauge, Janice A. and James E. Prieger, (2010) “Demand-side programs to stimulate adoption of broadband:  What works?” Review of Network Economics, 9:3, pp: 1-38.

Hauge, Janice A. and Mark A. Jamison, (2010). “Effects of using specific versus general data in social program research,” Applied Economics, 42:13, pp: 1627–1639

Hauge, Janice A., Mark A. Jamison and R. Todd Jewell, (2009). “A consideration of telecommunications market structure in the presence of municipal provision: The case of US cities,” Review of Industrial Organization, 34:2, pp: 135-152.

Janice Hauge, Economics

Plenty of work for the foreseeable future!

Aug. 20, 2018, Denton, Texas — As the U.S. and global economies continue to demand the most out of economists, Janice Hauge, professor and industrial organization economist, UNT College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, helps to prepare future social scientists. If you enjoy researching and analyzing economic issues and their related data using math and statistics, majoring in economics might be for you. Here we take a peek into Hauge's work-life balance and obtain some advice for economists to be.

Hauge's professional life is dedicated to the study of the strategic behavior of firms and market competition, which includes regulatory and antitrust policy. She predicts she will have plenty of work to do for the foreseeable future! And a fast pace it is that she keeps. Whether conducting research, teaching her classes, Strategic Behavior (game theory) and Economics of Sports, keeping up with sports news or getting a run in, Dr. Hauge also is busy as a mother, daughter and pet owner. Her reading list, she says, is "light" this summer and includes Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" and "Sad Cypress," and yes, she's up every day at 4:30 a.m. to run 60+ miles each week. "Everyone has a different gift. I'm just blessed I love to run," she said.

Originally from Boca Raton, Fla., her path to UNT was through New York for her bachelor's degree to one of the world's top universities for the study of economics in London for her master's, and then back to Florida to study telecommunications, regulation, and industrial organization for her doctoral degree. She came to Denton because the importance of both research and teaching at UNT matched her interests perfectly, she said. Here since 2002, she is a professor, graduate admissions advisor and associate chair for the Department of Economics.

With her last name of Norwegian derivation, she also kindly takes time to help people pronounce her last name correctly: HOW gee—with a hard G, as in geese. When she's not making lunches, running her daughter to violin lessons, orchestra rehearsal or basketball practice, she follows the news about sports—especially the Dallas Cowboys, Mavs and Rangers. Although not a sports economist, she loves sports generally, and what she finds interesting, she brings to class. "Anything from horse-racing results to jai alai to cricket, sports are fascinating to me. Even food pricing at stadiums can become an economics lesson." She also takes time to keep in touch with her mentor and co-author Mark Jamison, director of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida.

Students considering the economics discipline as a major will learn that the study of economics leads to a versatile degree—careers in business, government and academia. Most economists need a master’s degree or Ph.D.; however, some entry-level jobs—primarily in the federal government—are available for workers with a bachelor’s degree. As a science of decision making, learning about economics is useful to everyone.

Economic theory teaches a way of thinking about problems and effective means of solving them. It forces logical thought processes. Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues. The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026 is 6 percent. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the median pay for an economist at $102,490 per year or $49.27 per hour.

Requirements: strong skills, high standards and high tech

What skills do you need to be successful in economics? Strong quantitative skills are essential and Dr. Hauge advises that students should be sure to include math and statistics courses in their degree plan along with their economics courses.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Hauge says students must exhibit honesty, integrity, personal responsibility and self-discipline. At the graduate level, an economics major must have those essential qualities plus strong time-management skills. To be an ideal research assistant, a student must

be able to work on his or her own once assigned a task;
be creative in seeking solutions to problems;
communicate efficiently and effectively; and
be extremely careful in documenting steps taken during the research process.

Above all else, Hauge said, "a research assistant has to be completely trustworthy to be useful to my work."

"Students now have so many ways to find answers rather than using their own minds and working out problems," Hauge said. "Technology allows them to quickly and easily share work, meaning many do not actually do their own work. In order to ensure students learn, I’ve had to adapt my assignments to give each student his own specific work and in that way, I can better help each to learn the material."

In addition to mastery of Microsoft© Excel or a basic spreadsheet program and a graphics program, Hauge said students would likely benefit from learning statistical tools used in economics: R, SAS and Stata, the software most commonly used. Job prospects should be best for those with a master’s degree or Ph.D., strong analytical skills, and experience using statistical analysis software.

Top Apps Used in Economics

R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS, supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. For help with R, please contact your department, college or the University IT Office of Research and Statistical Support.

SAS, Statistical Analysis System, a software system for data analysis and report writing. SAS is a group of computer programs that work together to store data values and retrieve them, modify data, compute simple and complex statistical analyses and create reports.

Stata, a solution for data science needs: obtain and manipulate data enabling the user to explore, visualize, model, make inferences and then collect the results into reproducible reports.

To access these powerful applications, contact the University IT Virtual Statistics Lab.

Learn more about majoring in economics at UNT

Economics Student Organization

UNT Economics Graduate Program: highly regarded—ranked in the top 20 terminal master’s programs in the most recent rankings of U.S. economics programs. The program typically has 100 percent placement of its graduate students either in a Ph.D. program or in a job directly related to their degree.

Contact an undergraduate economics advisor

Contact Dr. Hauge:  Janice Hauge: 940-565-4544  |  jhauge@unt.edu  |  Wooten Hall, Room 348




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