Scott McConnell, Ph.D.
I finished my PhD in Economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2013. My dissertation research focuses broadly on theoretical fiscal policy options for energy conservation. I recently published a paper on the fiscal effects of the public works projects such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was responsible for doing many jobs that are relevant for the Eastern Oregon region, including clearing logging roads and building much of what is not Anthony Lakes Ski resort. In summer of 2015 I will be flying to the Micronesian Island of Yap to researching the Rai Stone money.
My primary teaching interests are macroeconomics, monetary policy, history of economic thought, and finance, all of which I teach here at Eastern Oregon. I am very excited at the prospects for the new economics degree this coming year. My teaching philosophy centers around the notion that teaching requires engagement by the students and myself. I do what I can in the class room and online to engage the students as much as possible so that economics is less something that exists in their textbook, but properly becomes the world around them. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy all things economics, sports, fly fishing, music and motorcycles.