Economics

Office Hours

Office Hours and contact information for Economics faculty listed below. 

Fall 2014 office hours (xls | pdf)
Updated September 4, 2014

Kenneth Chapman

Adam Gifford

Fall 2014: TR 11:15am-12:30pm, R 6:30-7pm, by appointment
ECON 310 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 365 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 600 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-2443
adam.gifford@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~hceco001/
JH 4244
Adam Gifford

Biography

I have a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. Over the past several years as a member of the Economics Department at CSUN, I have taught Microeconomic Principles (160), Price Theory (310), Law and Economics (365) and an MBA level course on the economics of strategy (600). My recent research has examined the evolutionary and biological foundations of rational choice.

Dennis Halcoussis

Fall 2014: TR 9-9:25am, T 5:55-6:55pm, R 1:30-2:45pm, by appointment
ECON 309 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 409 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-4566
dennis.halcoussis@csun.edu
http://dennishalcoussis.com/
JH 4257
Dennis Halcoussis

Biography

I am from Pittsburgh; my father came to this country from Greece in the 1950s and my mom is from New Jersey. My sister lives in the Pittsburgh area and my brother lives in Seattle. I went to a public high school, Hampton High School, and ran cross-country and track. (My high school was featured in the film “Abduction.” I haven’t seen the film but unfortunately I heard it wasn’t very good.) My bachelor’s degree (in Economics) is from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. (It’s not a military school even though it sounds like one.) At first, I was a Chemical Engineering major, but I found the classes boring and I liked the economics classes I had taken, so I switched. My senior year, I had trouble deciding whether to apply to law schools or to apply to Ph.D. programs in Economics. I decided I would be better off in a Ph.D. program, because lawyers sometimes have to appear in court, and I was nervous about public speaking. The University of Pennsylvania accepted me, so I moved to Philadelphia in the fall of 1985, and started the Ph.D. program there. I found the first year difficult, but I learned a lot, and during the second year it seemed to get easier. I paid for graduate school by working as a teaching assistant, and that experience got me interested in becoming a professor. I received both a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from U. of Penn., and got a job offer from Cal. State Northridge. I hadn’t really planned on moving to California. I didn’t know anyone out here, but I thought I’d give it a try for a year or two and see what it was like. That was in 1991. Originally, in graduate school, my areas of specialization were Econometrics, Finance, and Economic History. Now most of my research applies econometrics to a variety of topics. I am also interested in Public Choice, which deals with the interaction of economics and politics. While teaching econometrics at Northridge, I found that students had a hard time understanding the econometrics textbooks I ordered for them (I tried a couple of different ones.) They told me they understood my lectures but after a while, they gave up on trying to read the textbook. This gave me the idea of writing my own book. It took 2 years to write and was published by Thomson/Southwestern in 2005. I have been married since 1997 (we don’t have any children.) We are Christian. My wife is in Information Systems, so I have free 24/7 technical support for life. We enjoy playing ping-pong, Wii, and listening to podcasts such as John Batchelor or This Week in Google. Also, I like working out at the gym, and of course I’m a Steelers fan

Joon Y. Hur

Fall 2014: W 2-4:30pm, by appointment
ECON 161 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 401 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-6696
joonyoung.hur@csun.edu
https://sites.google.com/site/joonyhur/
JH 4248
Joon Hur

Biography

Ph.D., Economics, 2012, Indiana University Bloomington Dissertation: Essays on Fiscal Policy Identification and Term Strucuture of Interest Rates Advisor: Professor Eric M. Leeper B.A., Economics, 2003, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Kent Hymel

Fall 2014: WF 2-3pm, by appointment
ECON 160 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 350 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-2447
kent.hymel@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~khymel/
JH 4246
Kent Hymel

Biography

Kent Hymel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge. He received his undergraduate degree from Lewis & Clark College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. His research topics include urban traffic congestion, fuel efficiency regulations, highway finance, and parking policy. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUN, Dr. Hymel worked as an economist for the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the US Department of Transportation.

Robert Krol

Fall 2014: by appointment
No classes

(818) 677-2430
robert.krol@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~hcecn001////
JH 4252
Robert Krol

Biography

Robert Krol is a professor of economics at California State University, Northridge. Previously he was an economist at Security Pacific National Bank in Los Angeles and at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, California. Professor Krol is an applied econometrician who has published research papers on topics in international economics, macroeconomics, forecasting, regional economics, regulation and public finance.

Tom Lee

Fall 2014: TR 8:30-9:30am, R 6-7pm, by appointment
ECON 307 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 311 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 411 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-4232
tom.lee@csun.edu
JH 4242
Tom Lee

Anton Lowenberg

Fall 2014: M 3-4pm, 6-7pm, W 2-3pm, by appointment
ECON 310 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 412 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-4516
anton.lowenberg@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~vcecn00h////
JH 4238
Anton Lowenberg

Biography

Anton D. Lowenberg is Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1984. He is co-author of The Origins and Demise of South African Apartheid: A Public Choice Analysis (University of Michigan Press, 1998) and International Economic Sanctions: A Public Choice Perspective (Westview Press, 1992). In addition he has published numerous articles on international political economy and on public choice theory and empirics.

Leah Marcal

Fall 2014: moodle chat W 10-11am, f2f W 5:30-6:20pm (first 8 weeks only), f2f R 6-6:50pm, by appointment
ECON 160-OH syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 310 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 500 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-4557

http://www.csun.edu/~lem50734////
JH 4250
Leah Marcal

Biography

Leah Marcal has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has been teaching microeconomics and international trade at Cal State Northridge for 17 years. For seven years, Leah served as the College of Business and Economics Assessment Director. She designed and implemented the College’s course, embedded assessment program to directly measure student learning. She has worked as an assessment consultant for several Universities in California and is now working for Al Buraimi University College in Oman. Leah has published numerous academic articles on student performance in business and economics courses. Prior to working at Cal State Northridge, Leah was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. Her research there examined the impact of federal retraining programs on trade-displaced workers. Her current research interests include rising U.S. income inequality.

Jon Nadenichek

Fall 2014: M 7-8am, 10:45-11:45am, 6-7pm, by appointment
ECON 175 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 311 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-4571

http://www.csun.edu/~jjn50968////
JH 4254
Jon Nadenichek

Biography

BA, University of Chicago 1991 MA, Economics, University of Rochester 1995 Ph.D., Economics, University of Rochester 1996 Assistant Professor, Economics, CSUN, 1996-2002 Associate Professor, Economics, CSUN 2002-2009 Professor, Economics, CSUN 2009-Present

Kenneth Ng

Fall 2014: T 10-11am, TR 11am-12pm, by appointment
ECON 160 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-4610
kenneth.ng@csun.edu
http://csunecon.com/
JH 4240
Kenneth Ng

William Roberts

Fall 2014: by appointment
No classes

(818) 677-4582
william.w.roberts@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~hceco009////
JH 4202
William Roberts

Shirley Svorny

Fall 2014: by appointment
No classes
(818) 677-4504

http://www.csun.edu/~vcecn007
JH 4258

Biography

Shirley Svorny is Professor of Economics at California State University, Northridge. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. She is an expert on the regulation of health care professionals. She has a strong interest in public policy and regulation in general. She served as Chair of the Department of Economics for six years. She founded the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at CSUN and served as its director for four years. She worked as an Affiliated Scholar at the Milken Institute and currently is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. Prior to coming to CSUN, she was responsible for establishing an industry risk evaluation effort as a senior economist at Security Pacific National Bank and she provided economic analysis of proposals for regulatory change as an economist at Getty Oil Company.  

Nancy Virts

Fall 2014: MW 10:30am-12pm, 1:30-3:30pm, by appointment
ECON 175 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-2462
nancy.virts@csun.edu
JH 3125
Nancy Virts

Glen Whitman

Fall 2014: S 9:45-10:45am, by appointment
ECON 160 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-4542
glen.whitman@csun.edu
http://www.csun.edu/~dgw61315/
JH 4236
Glen Whitman

Biography

Dr. Whitman received his PhD in Economics from New York University in 2000. In the same year, he came to work at CSUN. His research interests include game theory, economic analysis of law, healthcare policy, and government paternalism. His work has appeared in the Journal of Legal Studies, UCLA Law Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and other scholarly journals.

Ruth Bennington

Fall 2014: M 9:45-10:45am, F 11am-12pm, by appointment
ECON 161 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 308 syllabus (.pdf)
(818)677-4552
JH 4243

Biography

I am Ruth Bennington, and I have a MA in Economics from Cal State Los Angeles and a MBA (emphasis in accounting) from Woodbury University in Burbank.  I have been teaching economics and accounting for eighteen years, and currently teach at CSUN and at Moorpark Community College. 

Guillermo Cruz

Fall 2014: MW 4:45-5:15pm, F 1:45-2:45pm, S 10-11am, by appointment
Fall 2014: ECON 175 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-3492
guillermo.cruz@csun.edu
JH 4241
Guillermo Cruz

Biography


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Professor of Economics, Currently Tenured Professor at College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita) and Lecturer at CSUN (Northridge). Previous faculty assignments include: UCLA-Extension, Cal Poly State university (san Luis Obispo), University of San Diego (USD), Various Community Colleges in Southern California, CA, 1994-Present. Subjects Taught: Principles of Economics; Money, Banking and Financial Markets; International Trade; Business Statistics; Price Theory; Introduction to Economic History of the United States, Survey of Economics. PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE Acquisitions Economist, Millennia CW LLC, (Partnership with Excel-Legacy), San Diego, CA. 1998-99. Responsible for the Operating-Proforma analysis of new acquisitions. Successfully created Millennia’s financial model for acquisitions and capital market development. Economic Analyst, Fairfield Residential, LLC (Affiliated to Morgan Stanley Dean W. and Mitsubishi Co.), San Diego, 1994-1998. Responsible for the financial analyses and economic research for acquisition, construction, development, redevelopment, and asset management of Multi-Family housing projects. EDUCATION M.A., Economics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1993. Emphasis: Econometrics, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Public and Private Projects, and Economic Theory Analysis (Microeconomics/Macroeconomics) B.SC., Economics and Applied Computer Sc., “Universite de Montreal,” Canada, 1990. Quantitative Economics/Computer Programming, Statistical Software, and Computer Structure Analysis.

David Fractor

Fall 2014: MW 10:45-11:45am, by appointment
ECON 156 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 320 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-2448
david.fractor@csun.edu
JH 4249
David Fractor

Thomas Thomas

Fall 2014: by appointment
No classes
thomasl.thomas@csun.edu

Biography

Thomas L. Thomas
Vice President
Quantitative Portfolio Analyst
City National Bank

Short Biography:
Currently I work for City National Bank as a Quantitative Portfolio Analyst in the Credit Portfolio Risk Department.  My primary responsibilities include factor analysis, credit stress testing and scenario analysis, credit loss forecasting and migration analysis, and Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) modeling.  

In May 1979 I embarked in a career in banking as a teller with Security Pacific National Bank.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from California State University, Northridge in 1985, and moved into a financial analysis position with First Interstate Bank of California. Over the last 28+ years I have worked in:

  • Asset and liability management (interest rate risk management)
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Capital management
  • As a Central Money Desk Manager
  • Corporate finance
  • Cost accounting
  • Credit management
  • Econometric Modeling and Forecasting
  • Economic capital and Basel II modeling
  • Funds transfer pricing
  • Investment management
  • Liquidity management
  • Mergers and acquisition analysis
  • Product profitability
  • Trust management and valuation analysis

The banks I have worked at include: Security Pacific National Bank, Well Fargo Bank (North America), First Interstate Bank of California, First Interstate Bank, LTD., First Interstate Bancorp, Sanwa Bank/United California Bank, The California Credit Union, Union Bank of California, and City National Bank.

I completed a graduate certificate in banking (finance option) from the Bank Administration Institute in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, graduating from the program with highest honors in 1992.  I also completed a Master’s of Science in Finance from the University of Leicester, Leicester, England graduating with honors.

In addition I served as an Adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance at the Master’s College (formerly known as the Los Angeles Baptist College). I have also served on the Curriculum Advisory Council for the School of Economics, California State University Northridge.  I also served as a guest lecturer on money and banking and macroeconomics at California State University, Northridge.  In the spring 2013 I joined the adjunct faculty and California State University, Northridge teaching money and banking in the Economics Department.  I have also guest lectured at other colleges including UCLA and USC.  During my tenure, I have published papers on cost accounting, finance, ALLL modeling, and economic capital modeling. 

Richard Tontz

Fall 2014: TRF 1:45-2:30pm, by appointment
ECON 161-OH syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 307 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 308 syllabus (.pdf)

(818) 677-2433
richard.tontz@csun.edu
http://tontzassociates.com/csun/
JH 4253
Richard Tontz

Biography


Following his bachelor's degree, Professor Tontz served as a Captain in the Air Force during Vietnam. He returned to academia earning a Masters degree and completing his PHD work in Economics at UCLA. He managed an Economic consulting firm in the 80's and 90's providing expert witness testimony in complex business litigation. He has taught both Macro and Micro, as well as Managerial and Environmental Economics at CSUN and USC. His primary field of research is the study of the factors which effect decision making over time.

Ahmad Vessal

Fall 2014: MW 11am-12pm, F 1-2pm, by appointment
ECON 308, #12791 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 308, #13137 syllabus (.pdf)
ECON 308, #12941 syllabus (.pdf)
(818) 677-5921

http://www.csun.edu/~hcmsc002/
JH 4130
Ahmad Vessal

Biography

I am a lecturer in the Dept. of ECON and SOM. I earned my B.A. in Economics from Tehran University ,Tehran, Iran. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. from Clark University in Worcester MA in 1978. I was a tenured assistant professor at Shiraz University, Iran until 1987 when I returned to UCLA to spend my sabbatical leave and then decided to stay in U.S. permanently. I have taught Statistics, Operations Management, Micro, Macro and Managerial Economics. I have published a few articles in Economic and Operations Management journals.

Amy Louff