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Dr. David Schaffer

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


Spring 2017 Class Schedule:

Econ 104.006 Principles of Macroeconomics
     MWF 10;00-10:50 CEN 1920
Econ 104.007 Principles of Macroeconomics
     MWF 11:00-11:50 CEN 1920
Econ 304.001 Intermediate Macroeconomics
     MWF 1:00-1:50 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.

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 taught elementary school in Altoona. We have two children: Beth, now a graduate, and Robert, attending the University of Wisconsin Madison. We have 2 rescue dogs. When I am not busy with work or family, I like to play the violin.