Holden Diethorn joined Kenyon’s Department of Economics in 2023 after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He is a labor economist specializing in the study of high-skilled labor markets where workers serve as primary inputs to research, innovation and entrepreneurship. His current work includes estimating the impact of high-skilled immigration policy on the U.S. economy and analyzing the value of STEM knowledge and training for both workers and firms.
Areas of Expertise
Labor, science and innovation, immigration
2020 — Doctor of Philosophy from SUNY Albany
2016 — Master of Arts from SUNY Albany
2013 — Bachelor of Science from Saint Vincent College
Courses Recently Taught
This course studies issues of economic choice, economic efficiency and social welfare. The course presents theories of consumer and producer behavior and shows how these theories can be used to predict the consequences of individual, business and government actions. Topics covered include opportunity cost, the gains from trade, supply and demand analysis, taxes, externalities, price controls, consumer choice, production and cost, product pricing and market structure. This course is required for the major. No prerequisite. Offered every fall semester.
This course studies national economic performance. Building upon the microeconomic theories of consumer and producer behavior developed in ECON 101, the course introduces models that focus on the questions of unemployment, inflation and growth. Topics covered include measurement of national income and inflation, macroeconomic models, saving and investment, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade and finance. This course is required for the major. Prerequisite: ECON 101. Offered every spring semester.
This course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of labor markets. Topics include the determinants of labor demand and labor supply, the theory of compensating wage differentials, formation of human capital, discrimination in the workplace, public policy toward the workplace, and the determinants of earnings inequality. This course counts toward an elective for the major. Prerequisite: ECON 101 and 102. Generally offered every other year.