Category Archives: Faculty Publications

The Divide Between Rural and Urban America, in 6 Charts

By Brian Thiede, Lillie Greiman, Stephan Weiler, Steven C. Beda and Tessa Conroy

Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. The data paint a richer and sometimes surprising picture of the U.S. today. The Conversation

“Why inequality is the most important economic challenge facing the next president” by Steven Pressman

Why inequality is the most important economic challenge facing the next president

By Steven Pressman

Finding a way to reduce inequality is key not only to solving a host of other problems but also to rescuing America’s fast-disappearing middle class.


Radio interview on the Matt Townsend Show can be heard online at:

Ben W. Garcia Economics Scholarship

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Ben Garcia received a B.S. in Economics from Colorado State University in 1981. He continued studying economics at the University of Notre Dame, receiving an M.A. in Economics with an emphasis on Labor Studies in 1983. He began working for Colorado
Labor Market Information, a Colorado state government agency that produces the official employment statistics for Colorado, such as the unemployment and job growth numbers.  He spent the early part of his career analyzing the Colorado economy, and explaining the analysis to other government agencies, non-profit organizations, the business community, and the news media. In the mid-1990’s Ben developed an interest in the World Wide Web as a vehicle for disseminating the economic information that he helped to produce. He initiated development of one of the first web sites available from the state government in Colorado. While his career changed to one with an information technology focus, he continued his economics career by teaching economics classes for the Colorado Community Colleges and Metropolitan State College.Garcia Economics Scholarship


Colorado Economy on the Rebound – Mostly

Martin Shields, Economics Department“Colorado has more jobs than ever before, but recovery from the Great Recession continues to elude some areas of the state.”

Those are some of the findings included in a report from Colorado State University’s Regional Economics Institute (REI).

Dr. Martin Shields, CSU Economics Professor, said work needs to be done to help Colorado’s economy fully recover from the Great Recession. “Even though Colorado has more jobs than ever, many of the newly created positions pay less than average wages,” he said.  “As a result household incomes have stagnated. One of the real challenges the state faces is creating jobs that pay higher wages.”

REIThe complete article can be viewed below.

REI releases updated information and analyses of Colorado’s economy through the REI blog at

Economics Dept. co-sponsors AAUP Workshops on Faculty Rights

The American Association of University Professors invites all tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty to


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lory Student Center Room 230

9:00 – 11:00 am

“What Faculty Need to Know About University Finances”

11-00 – 12:00

“Building Faculty Power:  AAUP Organizing Workshop”

1:00 – 3:00 pm

“The Threat to Faculty at CSU-Pueblo”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Education Building Room 1

9:00 – 11:00 am

“Faculty Recruitment in Practice”


The full information flyer is found here

AAUP flyer


American Association of University Professors
1133 Nineteenth Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-737-5900


Economics Department co-sponsors Campus Equity Week Colloquium

The Economics Department is co-sponsoring with TILT the

Campus Equity Week

All-University Colloquium


We welcome

Marie Maisto

President and Executive Director of New Faculty Majority

Monday, October 28, 2013

2:00-4:00 pm, Morgan Library Event Center


For complete event information and the New Faculty Majority website, please see links below.

Campus Equity Week


Colorado’s economy impacted by damaging floods

Tourism decline from floods may affect state

Estes Park, one of Colorado’s most popular destinations, may see a significant decline in tourism due to flood-damaged roads, ultimately impacting Colorado’s economy.

A drop in tourist visits to Estes Park as a result of flood-damaged roads could have a ripple effect through the rest of Colorado’s economy, according to preliminary analysis conducted by the Regional Economics Institute at Colorado State University.

With major roads leading into Estes Park damaged or destroyed, it is clear there will be a drop in tourist activity, according to the report. The true extent will depend on how quickly the state’s highway infrastructure in the northern foothills can be repaired. The report examined a variety of scenarios, including the possibility that tourist visits to the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park could drop between 30 and 100 percent.

If tourism activity in Estes Park were to decline 70 percent, it could translate into a loss of 1,111 jobs, a $90 million decrease in state economic activity, and a $46.1 million drop in real household income. In addition, state tax revenue could dip by $5.8 million and local tax revenue by $4.4 million.

Visits create traffic for other areasMartin Shields, Economics Department

“We know that tourism is a major driver of Colorado’s economy and the damaging floods will certainly have an impact on access to Estes Park, one of Northern Colorado’s strongest tourist draws, though only time will tell how significant that impact will be,” said Martin Shields, director of the Regional Economics Institute at CSU. “Our preliminary research, however, indicates that any reduction in tourist visits to Estes Park will have an impact on the state’s broader economy and it could be significant. We’ve provided some very rough numbers in our report, and more study would  be warranted to understand the complete picture.”

Shields, co-author of the report with professor of economics Harvey Cutler, believes that if reduced accessibility to Estes Park persists into 2014, many potential visitors will reconsider their vacation plans. This reduces not only visitation to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, but complementary destinations in Colorado as well, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs along the Front Range and from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in the mountain areas.

Estes Park saw an estimated $187 million in tourism expenditures in 2011, with approximately 56 percent of visitors from out of state. The report also projects the impact of 100-percent and 30-percent losses of tourism activity in Estes Park and demonstrates the economic urgency of repairing tourism-critical roadways.

If there is a 100 percent loss in out-of-state sourced tourism expenditures, an estimated 1,588 jobs could be lost, state economic activity could fall by $129.1 million and real household income drop by $66.1 million. State tax revenue and local tax revenue could drop by $8.3 million and $6.3 million, respectively.

A tourism reduction of as little as 30 percent in Estes Park could amount to a decline in state economic activity of $27.2 million, a loss of 335 jobs, and a $13.9 million decrease in real household income. State tax revenue could fall by $1.8 million and local tax revenue by $1.3 million.

“If, over the next few months, vacation planners expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be inaccessible next summer, then they will choose an alternative destination, such as Grand Tetons, Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks,” Shields said. “Of course Estes Park will be adversely impacted, but so, too, will be the side trip communities and the entire state of Colorado.”


October 3, 2013         –        TODAY@ColoradoState       –       Tiana Nelson


Economics Professor lead author of second Colorado Innovation Report

Dr. Stephan Weiler Professor of Economics

Dr. Stephan Weiler
Professor of Economics

Professor Stephan Weiler is the lead author of the second Colorado innovation report, just released.  The report is a product of the governor’s Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), a roundtable of leaders in government, business and academia devoted to the promotion of innovation and economic development throughout the state.  Professor Weiler’s prominent role in COIN attests to the increasing visibility of the regional economics program at CSU.logo

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