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Peter J. Meyer

Associate Professor of Economics


Phone: 209.946.2906


WPC 217
Tuesday and Thursday 1 - 3:00 p.m.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1979

AB, Harvard University, 1972

Teaching Philosophy

The high points of my teaching philosophy are that I expose students to the range of views in economics and the evidence supporting them, so that students can see the wide range of the field and form their own conclusions.  I encourage them to write in Economics so that they can express their own views, develop statistical evidence, cite authorities, present historical examples and use institutional information.  I encourage them to speak up in class to share their ideas.  I am constantly assessing my work via problem sets, tests, and in-class assignments so that I can find the most effective teaching methods.  I apply a sense of humor and tell stories to keep students involved and give them cases they can remember.

Research Interests

My research interests have included occupational choice, retail pricing, income from capital, and the economic impact of education.


ECON 051 Principles of Economics

ECON 053 Introductory Microeconomic Theory and Policy

ECON 101 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

ECON 111 History of Economic Thought 

ECON 154 Industrial Organization and Policy

ECON 180 Labor Economics

ECON 161 Empirical Methods

PACS 002 Economics and Social Welfare