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Jerrell Ross Richer, Ph.D. - Associate professor of economics at Goshen College

Dr. Richer is an Associate Professor of Economics at Goshen College where he holds the Carl Kreider Chair in Economics. He is also director of the Study Service Term in Peru where he has lead two groups of students for cross-culture study. Prior to his time at Goshen, he was an assistant professor at Sonoma State University and a lecturer in the “Green MBA Program” at the New College of California. He also taught a number of years in the California state system at both California State University and the University of Santa Barbara.
Dr. Richer currently teaches classes in both the undergraduate and graduate division at Goshen including Micro and Macro Economics, International Economics, Managerial Economics, and Environmental Economics.
• Ph.D. University of California Santa Barbara, 1991
• M.A. University of California Santa Barbara, 1988
• B.A. Goshen College, 1985
Sample Publications and Presentations
“Rethinking the Market Economy,” Session 9 in “Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth,” Mennonite Creation Care Network,, 2014
“Bicycling as Transportation: Use of Bike Paths in Elkhart County, Indiana,” Report produced for Dovetail Projects, Goshen, Indiana, 2014
“Intercultural Perspective on the Good Samaritan,” Gospel Evangel, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, with Jane Ross Richer, Vol. 92, No. 1, March 2011
“Speaking from Experience: Sustainability,” Goshen College Record, Oct 10, 2007
“A Framework for Sustainable Recreation Funding,” Proceedings: National Workshop on Recreation Research and Management, Kruger, L.E., Mazza, R., and Lawrence, K., eds, General Technical Report PNW-GTR-xxx. Portland, Oregon: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2007
“Adventure Pass Monitoring Program: Visitor Survey Results for the Southern California National Forest Recreation Fee Demonstration Program,” with Robert W. Brown and Carolyn B. Aldana, California State University, San Bernardino, June 13, 2002
“Green Giving: Factors Influencing Donations to U.S. Environmental Groups,” Resources, 121, 3-6, Fall 1995
“Green Giving: An Analysis of Contributions to Major U.S. Environmental Groups,” Resources for the Future Discussion Paper Series #95-39, Sept. 1995
“Appropriate Fees for Wilderness Day Use: Pricing Decisions for Recreation on
Public Land,” with Neal A. Christensen, Journal of Leisure Research, 31(3), 269-280, 1999
“Threat Positions and the Resolution of Environmental Conflicts,” with John K. Stranlund, Land Economics, 73(1), 58-71, February 1997
“Endogenous Alcohol Prohibition and Drunk Driving Fatalities,” with Robert W. Brown & R. Todd Jewell, Southern Economic Journal, 1043-53, April 1996
“Willingness to Pay for Desert Protection,” Contemporary Economic Policy, XIII, 93—104, October 1995
“Urban Congestion and Developer Precommitments: Unilateral Solutions to
Dynamic Inconsistency,” Urban Studies, 32(8), 1279-1291, October 1995
“Explaining the Vote for Slow Growth,” Public Choice, 82, 207-223, March 1995
“Peru Study Service Term: 2011-13,” Presentation at the Faculty Forum, Goshen, Indiana, 2014
“Faculty Faith Story,” Chapel Presentation, 2014
“Trusting in the Lord with All Your Heart,” Devotional for the Board of Directors, 2014
“Letting God be God: Reflections on Ten Semesters of Study Service Term Leadership in Peru” with Jane Ross Richer, Presentation at the Donor Appreciation Dinner, 2013
“Study Service Term Highlights,” Presentation at Grandparents’ Day, 2013
“Perspectives on Living in Another Culture,” Panel Discussion in the Identity, Culture and Communication course, 2013
“Sustainability and Economics” with Phil Mason, Presentation for the Issues in Environmental Education course at Goshen College Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Wolf Lake, Indiana
“People, Planet, Profit,” with Gordon Moore, Presentation at the President’s Circle Gathering, Sugar Creek, Ohio, 2011
“Climate Change: What Can We Do?,” Guest Lecture in the Environmental Science Course, 2011
“Capitalism and its Alternatives,” Panel Member in the Interdisciplinary Discussion, Goshen, Indiana, 2011
“The Natural Step,” Presentation in the Issues in Environmental Education course, 2009
“The Economics of Immigration in Elkhart County, Indiana” with Students in the International Economics Course, Presentation for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, 2009
“Green Giving,” Presentation in the Social Psychology course, 2008
“War and Climate Change”, Panel Presentation for the Interdisciplinary Conversation, 2008
“Sustainability: The Four P’s”, Presentation for the Retired Faculty Luncheon, 2008
“A Perspective on the E.O. Wilson Lecture”, Panel Discussion on Ecological Sustainability, 2007
Professional Service and Memberships
Goshen College
• Ecological Stewardship Committee Member, 2007-present
• Ecological Stewardship Committee – Analysis Subcommittee Chair,
• Sustainability Coalition Board Member, Representing the Goshen College
Department of Business for a newly-formed nonprofit organization with
Elkhart County businesses, 2011
• Department of Business Hiring Committees, 2014, 2007-08
• Tenure/Promotion Review Committee, 2008-09
Sonoma State University
• Interdisciplinary Studies Academic Advisory Committee Member, 2006-2007
• Sustainability and Civic Engagement Subcommittee of the University Strategic
Planning Committee Member, 2006-2007
• Sustainable Enterprise Conference Planning Committees Member, Steering
Committee, 2005-2007
• Member, Program Subcommittee, 2006-2007
• Member, Plenary Subcommittee, 2005-06
• Member, Finance Subcommittee, 2005-06
• School of Business and Economics Professional Development Committee
Member, 2005-2007
• Department of Economics Hiring Committee, 2006-2007
• Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin
Counties Member 1996-2003, Finance Chair, 2001-2003.
• Health Care Access Commission, Mennonite Church USA 2004 -2005.
• First Mennonite Church current roles - Chair, Church-University Relations
Committee, Member, Deacon Board