Profile PIcture
  • Director of Research, Economics Department, Utah Community Research Group, University of Utah
  • Graduate Teaching Asst (E), Economics Department
  • Instructor, Economics Department
(801) 842.7962

Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • ECON 5470-001
    American Industr/Ec Dev
    Location: BEH S 102 (Social & Behavioral Science Bl)
  • ECON 6470-001
    American Industr/Ec Dev

Summer 2017

Teaching Philosophy

I believe the best teaching applies the topic to the real world in real time. To this end I provide students with multiple resources and encourage them anchor the lessons in their daily experiences. Often this includes an actual researh project on behalf of a community partner or through an academic paper with the goal of UROP publication. During lectures I frequently use the Socratic method and ask numerous questions to challenge both the students' understanding and my own ideas.  I am a proponent of integrating technology into the course wherever possible, such as media rich PowerPoints and software training/usage.  

Courses I Teach

  • 3640 - Probability & Statistical Inference for Economists
    Frequency distributions, moments, sample spaces, random variables, probability distributions, sampling theory, estimators, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, two-variable regression models. Applications of computer software packages.
  • 5740-6470 - American Industrialization & Economic Development
    Economic growth and development in United States from 19th through early 20th century. Growth due to industrialization and the accompanying evolution of economic institutions. Emphasis on understanding the particular sources and social consequences of American industrial development.
  • ECON 5960-01 - Why Businesses Fail
    Market Analytics introduces undergraduate economics students to the scientific approach to managerial decision making. The approach consists of problem definition, model development, data collection, model implementation using the data, model validation, result analysis, and using the findings to implement changes which solve the original problem. Various quantitative models and statistical software packages are used.
  • ECON 6960-01 - Why Businesses Fail
    Market Analytics introduces masters-level graduate economics students to the scientific approach to managerial decision making. The approach consists of problem definition, model development, data collection, model implementation using the data, model validation, result analysis, and using the findings to implement changes which solve the original problem. Various quantitative models and statistical software packages are used.

Teaching Projects

  • Utah Community Research Group. Project Lead: Luciano Pesci. Collaborators: Brad Hatch, Mark Taylor. Donations 09/01/2010 - 05/01/2011. Total Budget: $5,000.00.