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Department of Economics

Warner Fellowship

About the Warner Fellowship

The Warner Fellowship is intended to provide supplemental support for graduate students at all levels whose research areas can include applied empirical analysis, labor markets or the economics of defense.

About John Warner

John Warner

John Warner earned his Ph.D. in Economics along with a minor in Statistics from North Carolina State in 1976, an auspicious combination that allowed him to produce a lifetime of scholarship. Much, but by no means all of it, centered on the economics of military personnel that grew out of his first job with Center for Naval Analyses, an interest that remained with him for the remainder of his career. Professor Warner began his career at Clemson's Department of Economics in 1980, prior to the existence of the Ph.D. program. His expertise in labor formed the basis of that field, and his expertise in applied econometrics provided undergraduate and graduate students alike with the tools they needed to succeed. His very first article, arising from his Ph.D. dissertation on the topic of job search, appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1980. He proceeded to publish a string of articles on subjects that included labor economics, macroeconomics and growth, even as – and much of it inspired by – his continued his work on behalf of the Department of Defense. Professor Warner's research is also a testament to his collegiality, with numerous co-authored articles (one, on the topic of real wages over the business cycle, was co-authored with his dear friend Myles Wallace and the Department's first Ph.D. student, Mark Mitchell). Professor Warner's expertise in the economics of military personnel combined with wide knowledge and understanding of economics in general to produce his most widely cited article, "The Personal Discount Rate: Evidence From Military Drawdown Programs," appearing in the American Economic Review in 2001. Professor Warner's scholarship was accompanied by a drive to help students, as evidenced by the 11 thesis or dissertation committees he chaired (he sat on 16 other students' committees), and a sense of service, both as Acting Head of the Department (1993-95), and as Faculty Senator (1997-1999).

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