Kenneth Lewis

Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 333C Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1912


  • Ph.D., Economics, Princeton University, 1969
  • B.A., Economics, Cum Laude, Amherst College, 1963
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Does Fiscal Stimulus Cause Too Much Debt? (with L. Seidman), Business Economics, October 2009, Vol. 4, No. 4, p201-205.
  • "Compensations and Contributions under an International Carbon Treaty",(with L. Seidman), Journal of Policy Modeling, May-June 2009, Vol. 31, Issue 3, p341-350.
  • "Overcoming the Zero Interest-Rate Bound : A Quantitative Prescription",(with L. Seidman), Journal of Policy Modeling, 2008.  
  • “A Temporary Tax Rebate in a Recession: Is it Effective and Safe?” (with  Laurence S. Seidman), Business Economics, 41,(3) July 2006.
  • "Managing a Bulge: Policy Options for Social Security," (with L. Seidman) Public Finance Review, 32(4), July, 2004.
  • "The Later You Pay, the Higher the K," (with L. Seidman) Southern Economic Journal,69 (3), January 2003.
  • "A New Design for Automatic Fiscal Policy," (with L. Seidman)  International Finance, 5 (2), Summer 2002.
  • "Funding Social Security: The Transition in a Life-Cycle Growth Model," (with L. Seidman), Eastern Economic Journal, 28 (2),Spring 2002.

Awards & Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 1977.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award, College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1996.
  • Outstanding Service Award, College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, 1998.
  • Economic and Financial Advisory Council, State of Delaware; Member, Acting Chair, and Chair of the Revenue Subcommittee.
  • Center for Applied Business and Economic Research, University of Delaware, Director.


  • Monetary Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Mathematical Economics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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