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Scott Hacker's research has been in many fields. He has published contributions in regional economics, trade theory, international macroeconomics, and time-series econometric theory. He is currently working on topics dealing with model selection in dynamic systems and with development of the DeducerHansel package, a software package which provides an improved graphical interface to work with econometric methods in R, a free open-source language and environment for graphics and statistical computations. A list of his working papers, journal articles, and software components can be found at http://ideas.repec.org/e/pst185.html. His publications can be also found at Google scholar. As of 2014-11-03 he is among the top 20 authors in Sweden on article downloads over the previous year according Logec Statistics based on RePEC data. From the same source and date, he is also among the top 3 authors in Sweden regarding download of software files over the previous 12 months .
Scott Hacker did his doctoral studies in economics at the University of California at Berkeley, with the specialty areas of econometrics and international economics. Prior to that he worked at The Urban Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. He has been working at JIBS since 1996, moving up the ladder from assistant professor to full professor. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as the programme manager for the International Economics and Policy Programme and between 2010 and 2012 he worked a programme manager for all master programmes at JIBS.
Scott Hacker teaches primarily in international economics, mathematics, and econometrics courses. He teaches at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, and has been awarded the pedagogical prize twice at JIBS.