Brenden Mason

Assistant Professor of Economics


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Brenden Mason joined North Central College in 2018.  His research interests are in the subfields of money, banking, and credit.  He empirically investigates the economic effects of financial constraints, as well as the demand for currency and credit.  His teaching interests are in macroeconomics, monetary policy, labor (macro), and international economics.

Prior to joining North Central College, Brenden taught at Temple University and worked on several independent consulting projects.  

Selected Scholarship

"The Effect of Interest Rate Caps on Bankruptcy: Synthetic Control Evidence from Recent Payday Lending Bans" with K. Dasgupta. Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 119, October 2020.

"Does the Shadow Economy Mitigate the Effect of Cashless Payment Technology on Currency Demand? Dynamic Panel Evidence" with P. Marmora. Applied Economics, Volume 53, 2021, Issue 6, 703-718.

“Chapter 9: Cultural Comparison of Currency Demand in Argentina and India” (with Kabir Dasgupta). Intercultural Communication for the Global Professional, Berkland, M. K. & Buxbaum, A.G., eds. (forthcoming, 2023), Routledge/Taylor and Francis.


Courses Taught

Principles of Macroeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Money and Banking

Financial Economics

International Economics

Labor Economics (Macro)

Data Analytics

Forecasting and Valuation

Independent Study

Honors Thesis