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Dr. David Schaffer

Professor Schaffer TeachingAssociate Professor
Office: SSS 470
Phone: (715) 836-3513


Fall 2016 Class Schedule:

Econ 104.001 Principles of Macroeconomics
     MWF 9:00-9:50 CEN 1920
Econ 104.002 Principles of Macroeconomics
     MWF 10:00-10:50 CEN 1920
Econ 335.001 Labor Economics
     MWF 12:00-12:50 CEN 2924


  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 1979
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990

Classes Taught:

  • Econ 104 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Econ 304 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Econ 351 - International Economics
  • Econ 335 - Labor Economics


I grew up as an "urban midwesterner" in Detroit, Michigan. After high school I moved east and earned my B.A. degree in Economics from Swarthmore College (near Philadelphia) in 1979 and my Ph.D. in Economics from MIT (near Boston) in 1990.

This is my 31st year of teaching economics and my 14th year of teaching at UW-Eau Claire. Previously, I taught at MIT (2 years), Union College (4 years), Dartmouth College (3 years), and Haverford College (8 years).           

My major areas of interest are in Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Public Policy. Several years ago I co-authored a scholarly book entitled, Who's Not Working and Why: Employment, Cognitive Skills, Wages, and the Changing U.S. Labor Market (Cambridge University Press, 1999). I continue to do research on the increasing inequality of wages in the U.S.
On a personal note, I am married to Andrea, who teaches elementary school in Altoona. We have two children: Beth, now a sophomore at college, and Robert, grade 11, and a mixed-breed "rescued" dog named Saffron. When I am not busy with work or family, I like to play the violin.