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Kristen Roche

Kristen RocheKristen Roche, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Director, MBA Program

Phone : (414) 258-4810, ext. 316
Office: Fidelis Hall 332


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • M.S., Applied Economics, Marquette University
  • B.B.A., Finance and Economics, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Teaching interests: Economics, statistics, quantitative analysis, and career preparation including interpersonal and negotiation skills

Research interests: Applied micro-economic topics including self-employment, education, and retirement


Applied Microeconomics Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2013

Western Economics Association Annual Conference, Seattle, 2013

Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2012

Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, 2011

Department of Economics Seminar, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2010

Applied Microeconomics Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010


“Educational mismatch and self-employment”, Economics of Education Review, 2013, vol. 34, pp. 85-95 (with Keith A. Bender).

“Reconciling gender differences in the returns to education in self-employment: Does occupation matter?”, The Journal of Socio-Economics, 2013, vol. 44, pp. 112-119.

“An active-learning exercise on learning negotiation as a way to mitigate the gender wage gap for introductory microeconomics”, International Review of Economics Education, forthcoming.

Professional Memberships:

  • Western Economics Association
  • Midwest Economics Association

Community Service:

  • The Women's Center, President Elect, 2014
  • The Women's Center, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • Make a Difference Wisconsin, Financial Literacy Instructor, 2013 - Present
  • Waukesha County Adopt a Highway, Highway Adopter, 2012 - Present