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Farley Staniec

Associate Professor of Economics


Phone: 209.298.5215


WPC 211


PhD, Duke University, 1991

MA, Duke University, 1988

BS, University of Delaware, 1986

Curriculum Vitae 

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy reflects John Maynard Keynes' description of economics as "a method rather than a doctrine, 
an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions." In every class,
my primary goal is not for students to learn information but for them to develop their analytical skills and their 'toolkit'
of economic concepts, and to become adept at applying these to a wide variety of issues or questions. Students aren't 
taught a 'right' answer to questions, rather they are encouraged to employ the economic way of thinking to enhance their
understanding of problems, derive potential solutions and assess their effectiveness.

Scholarly Interest

Research areas: 
Economics of higher education; Applied econometric models of individual choice behavior.

Current research topics:
- Determinants and implications of gender under-representation in choice of college major and occupation, focusing on women in STEM majors and men in elementary education.
- Effects of remedial course-taking on post-secondary achievement, retention and degree attainment.


ECON51 Economics Principles and Problems
ECON 53 Introductory Microeconomics
ECON 101 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON 131 Public Finance, 
ECON 175 Strategic Games and Behavior
ECON 180 Labor Economics
ECON 190 Econometrics
ECON 193 Economics of Sin