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Academic Unit Head & Professor, Economics
Contact Info
Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Interests
  • Labor economics
  • Household economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Financial planning
  • Ph.D., Economics, The George Washington University - 2002 
  • M.Phil., Economics, The George Washington University - 1999
  • B.S., Economics, The George Washington University - 1996
Positions Held
  • Professor, Texas Tech University, 2017-2022
  • Ph.D. Program Director, Texas Tech University, 2016-2021
  • Director of the Retirement Planning and Living Research Initiative, Texas Tech University, 2016-2019
  • Ph.D. Program Co-Director, Texas Tech University, 2014-2016
  • Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, 2013-2017
Select Publications

Charlene M. Kalenkoski and Sabrina W. Pabilonia (2022). “Parental Disability and Teenagers’ Time Allocation,” Review of Economics of the Household,

Mark Evers, Charlene Kalenkoski, and Michael Guillemette (2022). “The Influence of Natural Disasters on the Take-up Rates for Flood Insurance in Texas -A Panel Approach,” Journal of Insurance Issues, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 86-104.

Pearson, Blain and Charlene Marie Kalenkoski (2022). “The Association between Retiree Migration and Retirement Satisfaction,” Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 56-65.

Kalenkoski, Charlene Marie and Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia (2022). “Impacts of COVID-19 on the Self-employed,” Small Business Economics Vol. 58, pp. 741-768.

Cardella, Eric; Kalenkoski, Charlene Marie; Parent, Michael (2021). “Less Is Not More: 401(k) Plan Information and Retirement Planning Choices,” Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, First view, pp. 1-21, DOI:

Awards and Recognitions
  • Faculty Development Leave, Texas Tech University, Fall Semester - 2020 
  • Research Spotlight on Texas Tech Women Faculty Initiative, Texas Tech University - 2020 
  • Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award, Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines - 2020
  • College of Human Sciences Nominee for the President’s Academic Achievement Award, Texas Tech University, 2017-2018 
  • Plan Plus Best Paper Award in Behavioral Finance at the Academy of Financial Services Conference - 2017 
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2009-present

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