Scott McConnell, Ph.D., M.S.

Scott McConnell

Economics Faculty


  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • M.S. Economics, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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 now Anthony Lakes Ski resort. In summer of 2015 I flew into the Micronesian Island of Yap to research 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 our economics degree as a standalone on-campus and online degree and Economics courses required n the business degree core. My teaching philosophy centers around the notion that teaching requires engagement by the students and myself. I do what I can in the classroom 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. I also serve as Faculty Advisor to our chapter of the International Honor Society in Economics, Omicron Sigma Epsilon.

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy all things economics, sports, fly fishing, music and motorcycles.  I am also one of the partners who own and operate Side A Brewing here in downtown La Grande .

Courses Frequently Taught:

  • Economics of Social Issues
  • Political Economics of Sport
  • Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Public Finance
  • Money/Financial Markets/Institutions
  • Econometrics
  • Entrepreneurial Finance (MBA)