Robert J. Windle

Robert J. Windle

Professor Windle joined the faculty in 1988 after working for six years at a private economic consulting firm. His area of specialization is applied transportation and public utility economics with a particular emphasis on the airline industry. His research focuses on public policy issues such as the threat of predatory pricing practices in the airline industry, the impact of hub and spoke systems on competition at hub airports, and the potential impact of opening the interstate highway system to economic development.

Is It Time To Rethink 2 Percent Inflation?

Federal Reserve Weighs Conflicting Data

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – What happens when the two key pieces of economic data suggest different paths for interest rates in the United States? The situation is playing out now, as the Federal Reserve maps a course for interest rates. Key jobs data indicate the return of full employment, signalling strength in the economy, but key inflation metrics signal an underlying weakness.

Beyond the Bet: Recollections of Julian Simon

U.S. oil prices fell to a six-year low on Aug. 11, 2015, and one person not surprised would be the late Smith School economist Julian L. Simon. "There is no compelling reason to believe that world oil prices will rise in the coming decades," he wrote in 1984 when most experts predicted overpopulation and depletion of the earth's natural resources. Six of Simon's former colleagues and children share their recollections of the man who took on the doomsayers and won with a high-profile bet that pundits still talk about today. Read more...

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