Martha Olney

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Martha Olney is a permanent Adjunct Professor of Economics (2002–present) at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a winner of local and national teaching awards, and has authored several leading undergraduate economics textbooks.

Academic Life

Martha Olney is a permanent Adjunct Professor of Economics (2002-) at the University of California, Berkeley. She was previously an Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been awarded the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award (in 2003), which is given to only three professors per year, and the Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History, by the Economic History Association (in 1997).

She is the author of "Essentials of Economics" with Paul Krugman and Robin Wells, "Macroeconomics" with J. Bradford DeLong, and "Microeconomics as a Second Language."

Educational Background

Olney received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation work on consumer durables, the advent of consumer credit in the 1920s, and the Great Depression, led to a book, "Buy Now, Pay Later: Advertising, Credit, and Consumer Durables in the 1920s," and several related journal articles.

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