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Kristen Roche, Ph.D.

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

Phone : (414) 930-3419
Email: rochek@mtmary.edu
Office: Fidelis Hall 332

Education:

  • 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

Publications:

"Self-employment and the paradox of the contented female worker", Small Business Economics, 2016, vol. 46 (4) (with Keith A. Bender).
Job satisfaction and the educated entrepreneur”, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 
2014, vol. 27, pp. 353-368.

"Female self-employment in the United States: An update to 2012", Monthly Labor Review: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014.

"An active-learning exercise on learning negotiation as a way to mitigate the gender wage gap for introductory microeconomics", International Review of Economics Education, 2014, vol. 15, pp. 32-42.

"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.

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

Recent Presentations:

  • Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2016
  • International Atlantic Economic Society Annual Conference, Milan, Italy, 2015
  • Western Economics Association Annual Conference, Denver, 2014
  • Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2014
  • Applied Microeconomics Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2013
  • Western Economics Association Annual Conference, Seattle, 2013
  • Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 2012

Professional Memberships:

  • Western Economics Association
  • Midwest Economics Association

Community Service:

  • The Women's Center, Board of Directors President, 2015
  • The Women's Center, Board of Directors, 2013 - Present
  • Make a Difference Wisconsin, Financial Literacy Instructor, 2013 - Present

Awards

  • Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, 2015
  • University of Milwaukee Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, 2015