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Joe Stone

Professor Emeritus
Phone: 541-346-4667
Office: 527 PLC
Office Hours: By appointment
Research Interests: international economics, labor, applied econometrics.


  • PhD, Economics, Michigan State University, 1977
  • M.A., Economics, Michigan State University, 1974
  • B.A. Economics, University of Texas at El Paso, 1970
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, 1970-1972


As dean of the largest college on campus, Professor Stone enjoyed applying basic tenets of economics—decentralized authority and incentives to pursue common goals and priorities.  Examples of the results include higher rankings for graduate programs, 13 new multidisciplinary degrees, and a doubling of grant funding, endowed appointments, and academic donations.

About Professor Stone.  Joe A. Stone is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, where he has served since 1979. The year Animal House was filmed on campus. He grew up working as a roughneck in the oil fields of Texas; and as the first person in his family to continue past the eighth grade, takes special interest in the challenges faced by first generation college students from working class families.


Professor Stone has published two books and more than 80 articles, ten in top-ten journals. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. 

Recent research has focused on reform issues in K-12 education; higher education and student financial aid; the influence of government taxes and expenditures on growth; non-marital fertility; and economic models of religion.  Stone has supervised the dissertations and theses of more than 40 graduate students. He continues to be passionate about undergraduate education, and frequently supervises undergraduate research projects; several of these student projects are now published.


Principles of economics, International economics, Labor economics