August 2008
Ranjit S. Dighe

Current address:

Department of Economics
Mahar Hall
Oswego, NY 13126


Home page:

Office telephone: (315) 312-3484

Birth date: October 26, 1965

Citizenship: United States

Fields of concentration: American economic history, macro and monetary economics, sports economics

Education: Ph.D., economics, Yale University, 1998; B.A., Honors in economics, Oberlin College, 1987

Current research:  Business support for Prohibition and its repeal; Wage stickiness in the interwar U.S; The  arrival of Keynesian economics in America

Fellowships, honors, and awards:

SUNY-Oswego Faculty International Travel Grants, 2007, 2008
Oswego Joint Labor/Management Committee for Professional Development and Quality of Work Life Grant, 2005
Hagley Museum and Library Grants-in-Aid, 2004, 2005
Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-in-Aid, 2004
SUNY-Oswego Faculty Enhancement Grants, 1999 (course development), 2004 (research)

Refereed publications:

“The U.S. Business Press and Prohibition.”  Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 2008.  Also presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2007; SUNY-Oswego Economics Department Workshop, May 2007; Canadian Economic Association conference, June 2007; Fourth International Alcohol and Drug History Conference, August 2007; and Dalhousie University Department of Economics Seminar, November 2007. 

“The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics: Comment.”  Journal of Economic Education 38(3): 318-24 (Summer 2007).

“Reversal of Fortune: The Rockefellers and the Decline of Business Support for Prohibition.”  Essays in Economic and Business History 24 (2006).  Also presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2005.

"Efficiency Wages, Insiders and Outsiders, and the Great Depression," Essays in Economic and Business History 21 (2003).  Also presented at Eastern Economic Association conference, March 2002, and Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2002.

The Historian's Wizard of Oz:  Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political and Monetary Allegory.  Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2002.

"Oz, Populism, and Intent," Essays in Economic and Business History 20 (2002).  Also presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2001.

"Wage Rigidity in the Great Depression: Truth? Consequences?" Research in Economic History 17 (1997).

Other publications:

Review of Robert Shogan, Backlash: The Killing of the New Deal, in Enterprise and Society, 2008.

Combined review of 1896/Populism websites: “1896: The Presidential Campaign: Cartoons and Commentary,” by Rebecca Edwards & Sarah DeFeo (Vassar College website, 2000) and “Populism,” by Worth Robert Miller (Missouri State University website, 2001).  Economic History Services (EH.NET), 2006.

Review of Gary Dean Best, Peddling Panaceas: Popular Economists and the New Deal, EH.NET, 2005.

“Business Support for Prohibition and Its Repeal,” Research Reports Online (online publication of the Rockefeller Archive Center), 2005.

"Is Contraction Good for Major League Baseball?  No," The Costco Connection (English- and Spanish-language editions), February 2002.

Review of James R. McGovern, And a Time for Hope: Americans in the Great Depression, EH.NET, 2002.

Review of Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist, eds., Sports, Jobs, and Taxes, Eastern Economic Journal 25 (1999).

"Fillmore, an Awful President, Helped Continue Slavery," Response, Syracuse Post-Standard, March 9, 1999.

"U.S. Income Gap Keeps on Growing," column in the Burlington Free-Press, June 2, 1996.

"The Evil I Do Not Intend" (ten-years-after look at the 1984 Padres), The Reader (San Diego free weekly newspaper; cover story), June 15, 1995.

"The Role of Services in U.S. Production and Trade: An Analysis of Social Accounting Data for the 1980s," with Joseph F. Francois and Kenneth A. Reinert, in The Service Productivity and Quality Challenge, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995.

AIDS in Developing Countries: Issues and Policy Tradeoffs (fourth author, with Maureen A. Lewis, Genevieve M. Kenney, and Avi Dor), Urban Institute Press, 1989.

Other papers and conference presentations:

"Did U.S. Wages Become Stickier Between the World Wars?" (with Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt), to be presented at the Markets and Models: Policy Frontiers in the AWH Phillips Tradition conference, Wellington, New Zealand, July 2008.  Also presented at the New York State Economics Association conference, October 2001, Eastern Economic Association conference, February 2001, Queen's University Economic History Workshop, April 2003, and Rutgers University Economic History Workshop, April 2003.

Business Week and the Coming of Keynesianism to America,” presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2008, and SUNY-Oswego Economics Department Workshop, May 2008.

“Pierre S. du Pont and the Making of an Anti-Prohibition Activist,” presented at Columbia University Seminar in Economic History, November 2005; Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2006; and Business History Conference, June 2006. 

"A Helicopter Tour of Competing Theories of Wage Rigidity, as Applied to the Great Depression," SUNY-Oswego Economics Department Working Paper 1999-01, presented at Southern Economic Association conference, November 1998.

Ph.D. dissertation

America's High-Wage Economy in the 1930s
Dissertation committee:  Truman F. Bewley (chair), Timothy W. Guinnane, Christopher A. Sims.

Invited talks:

“Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political and Monetary Allegory,” WestportREADS 2008, Westport Public Library, Westport, CT, March 2008.

“Six Degrees of L. Frank Baum,” in “A New Look at Oz” panel, The Wonderful Weekend of Oz, Fayetteville, NY, October 2007.

"Silver Shoes on a Yellow Brick Road:  Was 'The Wizard of Oz' Really About Politics and Economics?", Syracuse Stage, December 2003, and LeMoyne College, September 2004.

Book presentation: The Historian’s Wizard of Oz, Lunchtime at the Library series, Friends of the Library, Oswego, NY, 2002.

Teaching positions held:

Associate Professor, State University of New York at Oswego, 2003-
Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Oswego, 1997-2003
Visiting Instructor, Middlebury College, 1995-96
Instructor, Yale College, 1993

Main courses taught:

Money and Banking, 1997-
American Economic History, 1997-1999
American Economic History Before 1900, 1999, 2001-
Issues in American Economic History Since 1900, 2001-
The Economics of Baseball, 1996, 2000-

Other courses taught:

Macroeconomics (intermediate), 2003-2004
Macroeconomics (principles), 1993, 1995, 1999-2000
Microeconomics (principles), 1996
Introduction to Social Science (honors program), 2001, 2003-2004
Economic Statistics, 1996

Other relevant experience:

Referee, Enterprise and Society, Essays in Economic and Business History, Journal of Economic Education, Research in Economic History, various dates, 1998-.

External grant evaluator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2007.

Reviewed textbooks/supplements in money and banking, introductory macroeconomics, economic history, and sports economics, various dates, 1999-.

Quoted on CNN regarding macroeconomic and monetary news, February 2008.

Interviewed in radio segment titled “MLB Deal-Making and Lax Steroid Testing Rules,” on National Public Radio’s “Day to Day.”  Aired March 17, 2005.

Volunteer, Ask the Professor (an online service of the Economic History Association), 2000-.

Interviewed on "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer," on PBS-TV, regarding historical perspectives on the Federal Reserve.  Aired March 20, 2001.

Research Assistant, The Urban Institute (Health Policy division), Washington, DC, 1987-89. Helped construct databases, including a medical cost index for every metropolitan statistical area in the United States.  Also performed statistical analysis and reported results.

Professional and academic memberships:

American Economic Association
Cliometric Society
Economic and Business Historical Society (member of board of trustees, 2005-)
Economic History Association
Social Science History Association
Phi Beta Kappa

References:  Available upon request