• Office Hours:

    MW 3:15-4:15 pm
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public
    • Health Economics
  • Department:

    • Economics
  • Education:

    • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.). University of Virginia Law School (J.D.)
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I am in my twenty-third year in the Economics Department at Colorado State University. Over the years here, I have undertaken research in the fields of economic development, regional economics, and health economics. I teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. My graduate teaching focuses primarily on econometrics. At the undergraduate level I have taught Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Public Economics, Law and Economics, and Health Economics. Prior to becoming an economist, I was an attorney. My legal work ranged from Corporate Law in Boston to a Legal Services office on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

On a personal front, I like alpine skiing and hiking in the mountains.


Zahran, Sammy, David Mushinski, Ian Breunig, and Sophie McKee. “Delivery Complications and Physician Human Capital: Scheduling, Timing and Cohort Turnover Effects.” Risk Analysis: An International Journal (forthcoming).

Zahran, Sammy, Shawn McElmury, Paul Kilgore, David Mushinski, Jack Press, Nancy Love, Richard Sadler and Michelle Swanson (2018). “Assessment of the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in Flint, Michigan.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mushinski, David, Alexandra Bernasek and Stephan Weiler (2015). “Job Lock in Rural

Versus Urban Labor Markets.” 46(2) Growth and Change 253-273.

Mushinski, David, Stephan Weiler and Ben Widner (2014). “The Impact of Retail

Establishments in Hinterlands on the Export Role of Retail Establishments in Rural

Places.” 52(2) Annals of Regional Science 469-487.


Mushinski, David and Donald Nichols (2011). “Identifying the Export Component of Industries That Produce Partly For Local Consumption. “ 46(2) Annals of Regional Science 313-29

Shields, Martin, David Mushinski and Lisa Davis (2009). “Provision of Employer-Sponsored Health Care In Small Businesses: Does Rural Matter?” 39(1) Review of Regional Studies 129-147.

Mushinski, David and Kathleen Pickering (2007). “Heterogeneity in Informal Sector

Mitigation of Micro-Enterprise Credit Rationing.” 18 Journal of International

Development 19: 567-581.

Thilmany, Dawn, Nicole McKenney, David Mushinski and Stephan Weiler (2005).

“Beggar-thy-neighbor economic development: A note on the effect of geographic

interdependencies in rural areas.” Annals of Regional Science. 39: 593-605.

Mushinski, David W. and Kathleen Pickering. (2005). The Impact of Welfare Reform on

Labor Markets in Impoverished Areas.” Journal of Economic Issues. XXXIX (2): 401-407.

Nichols, Donald and David Mushinski. (2003). "Identifying Export Industries Using Parametric Density Functions." 26(1) International Regional Science Review. 26(1):


Mushinski, David and Stephan Weiler. (2002). "A Note on the Geographic Interdependencies of Retail Market Areas." Journal of Regional Science . 42(1):75-86.

Pickering, Kathleen and David Mushinski. (2001). “Making the Case for Culture in

Economic Development: A Cross-Section Analysis of Western Tribes.” American

Indian Culture and Research Journal. 25(1): 45-64.

Pickering, Kathleen and David Mushinski. (2001) “Cultural Aspects of Credit Institutions: Transplanting the Grameen Bank Credit Group Structure to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.” Journal of Economic Issues . XXXV(2): 459-467.

Mushinski, David. (2001). “Using non-parametrics to inform parametric tests of Kuznets’ hypothesis.” Applied Economics Letters . 8:77-79.

Mushinski, David and Kathleen Pickering.(2000). “Inequality in Income Distributions:

Does Culture Matter? An Analysis of Western Native American Tribes.” Journal  of Economic Issues . XXXIV: 403-412.

Mushinski, David. (1999). “An Analysis of Offer Functions of Banks and Credit Unions in Guatemala.” Journal of Development Studies.  36(2): 88 -112.

Mushinski, David and Kathleen Pickering. (1996). "Micro-enterprise Credit in Indian Country." Research In Human Capital And Development. 10: 147-170.

First Generation Story

All of my grandparents immigrated from Ukraine to Canada in the 1920s.  My parents grew up in Montreal. They completed high school but never attended a college (or took college courses). We immigrated to the United States as I was entering high school.


  • Intermediate Econometrics


    This is an undergraduate course which presents students advanced econometric techniques.

  • Principles of Microeconomics


    This is an introductory course which presents students basic microeconomic principles.