Amy Farmer, University Professor of economics and holds the Margaret Gerig and R.S. Martin Jr. Chair in Business, Sam M. Walton College of Business.
Farmer earned her first degree in mathematics and applies game theory principles in her economics research, which most recently has focused on pre-trial negotiations and strategic bargaining. She teaches a Walton College colloquium titled “The Economics of Life” that emphasizes the role of thinking like an economist in issues covering every aspect of life, from fertility to death and everything in between.
In addition to teaching and mentoring numerous honors theses, for over a decade Farmer has been leading students on summer study abroad programs, doing experiential service work in developing communities in Belize, Mozambique and Vietnam. These programs allow students to implement projects in the area of their academic disciplines. She is now offering longer-term summer community development projects through which students can complete an experiential, service-based theses.
She previously received the 2016 Excellence in Diversity Award from Walton College and the 2016 Hoyt H. Purvis Award for Service in International Education from the Graduate School and International Education.