About Sarah

Meet DR. Sarah ESTELLE

Associate Professor of Economics and Acton Institute Research Fellow

Sarah Estelle is an associate professor of economics at Hope College. She extends the theories and empirical techniques of microeconomics to questions located along the “imperialist” frontier of economic research. She is interested in public policy, especially criminal justice reform, education choices, risky health behaviors and parents’ investments in children. More broadly yet, Sarah is intrigued by the role of government in human flourishing and is especially fascinated by the big ideas of Nobel Laureate economist F. A. Hayek related to knowledge and information, cultural evolution, and order not of design but of human action.

She is the founding director of Hope’s Markets & Morality student organization, which explores economic issues through a Christian lens and brings speakers and film screenings to campus to enrich the Hope community’s understanding of markets.

SARAH’s PASSION

Addressing the big questions of human behavior and well-being with an economist’s toolkit and a traditional Christian perspective.

“In my work with students, scholars, and many audiences outside of academia, I aim to draw connections across disciplines including economics, theology and political philosophy. As a professor, I want to connect today’s college students to classic ideas that they might find them both timeless and timely. In my public speaking, I work to expose diverse audiences, especially practitioners and ministers, to big ideas that are simultaneously theoretical and applicable.”

RESUME

Dr. Sarah Estelle

AREAS OF EXPERTISE 

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Hayek and Christianity
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., economics, University of Virginia, 2008
  • B.A., economics, Hillsdale College, 2000

HONORS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Ruch Faculty Fellow in the Department of Economics and Business, 2015–2019
  • Charles Koch Foundation Grants, 2013–14 to present
  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research, 2013, 2014
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant, 2006–07
  • Fellow, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Education Science, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 2004–06

RESUME

Dr. Sarah Estelle

AREAS OF EXPERTISE 

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Hayek and Christianity
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., economics, University of Virginia, 2008
  • B.A., economics, Hillsdale College, 2000

HONORS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Ruch Faculty Fellow in the Department of Economics and Business, 2015–2019
  • Charles Koch Foundation Grants, 2013–14 to present
  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research, 2013, 2014
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant, 2006–07
  • Fellow, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Education Science, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 2004–06

RESUME

Dr. Sarah Estelle

AREAS OF EXPERTISE 

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Hayek and Christianity
  • Labor economics
  • Public economics

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., economics, University of Virginia, 2008
  • B.A., economics, Hillsdale College, 2000

HONORS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Ruch Faculty Fellow in the Department of Economics and Business, 2015–2019
  • Charles Koch Foundation Grants, 2013–14 to present
  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant for Faculty-Student Collaborative Research, 2013, 2014
  • American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant, 2006–07
  • Fellow, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Education Science, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, 2004–06

Sarah Estelle, Ph. D.

Hope College
41 Graves Place
Van Zoeren Hall 177
Holland, MI 49423

Why Econ is for Lovers? Sarah’s work—and this website—isn’t just about her love for econ and a desire to share it, but rather that economics, as a tool of prudence, can help us to facilitate the Good of the other, that is to love well. (This slogan is also a whimsical reference to Sarah’s grad school home in Charlottesville as it echoes Virginia’s classic state tourism motto.)

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