Barbara Hogate Ferrin '43 Professor of Economics
Chair of the Economics Department
Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies Department
Joined Connecticut College: 1995
B.A., Barnard College
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
• Labor economics • Low-wage workers • Care work • Long-term care
At Connecticut College, Candace Howes is the Barbara Hogate Ferrin ’43 Professor of Economics.
She previously taught at the University of Notre Dame and served as the auto industry analyst for the United Auto Workers in Detroit. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in Middle East Languages and Literature from Barnard College.
Howes was honored as the recipient of the College's 2011 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award, presented annually to a tenured faculty member whose outstanding service in a leadership role exemplifies the College's commitment to shared governance, democratic process and campus community development. Read the news release.
She is currently working on the problems of the long term care workforce and low wage workers. In summer 2011 she was awarded a two year $157,000 grant by the Russell Sage Foundation (in collaboration with scholars at the University of Pittsburgh) to study the effect of job quality on the quality of care provided in institutional and home-based long-term-care settings. In 2005 she was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies as part of the Better Jobs Better Care initiative, which took her to California to study how low wages and benefits contribute to the shortage of home care providers. Her recent work has been published in the Gerontologist, Industrial Relations and State of California Labor. She has three chapters in a book, titled For Love and Money: Carework in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.)
She also provides research assistance and expert testimony for the advocacy groups that support long term care workers and consumers.
Her earlier work was focused on the impact of declining competitiveness on U.S. manufacturing workers. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and has published a monograph through the Economic Policy Institute titled "Japanese auto transplants and the U.S. automobile industry," concerning the impact of Japanese investment on U.S. employment. Her book, Competitiveness Matters: Industry and Economic Performance in the U.S., was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2000.
She is a member of the American Economics Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and the International Association for Feminist Economics.
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"My goal is to teach my students that economics is a powerful analytical and political tool which can be used to help improve the condition of peoples' lives, rich and poor." - Candace Howes