Eric Jamelske

Eric Jamelske, professor of economics
  • Professor
  • Economics
  • Watershed Institute
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Dr. Eric Jamelske received his bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Sonoma State University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of California, Davis. He joined the Economics Department at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire as an Assistant Professor in 2002 and is now a full Professor. Dr. Jamelske currently teaches microeconomics, health economics and environmental economics and has also taught first-year experience classes and bundled freshmen seminar classes. His current research includes exploring methods to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and investigating international views regarding climate change and his work has been published in a variety of journals including The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, The Wisconsin Medical Journal, The Journal of Environmental Studies and Science and Science and Environmental Economics & Policy Studies. Dr. Jamelske has given many lectures on his research in the US as well as in China and Vietnam and has also taught several economics courses in China.


On a more personal note, Dr. Jamelske has been married for 30 years and has two daughters who have both graduated from UW-Eau Claire and work professionally. He also enjoys music and the outdoors and he enjoys watching and playing basketball and golf.

Teaching Interests


  • Princples of Microeconomics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics


Research and Creative Activities

My research interests are focused on public policy issues. My past research topics include welfare reform issues, recycling policies, higher education retention, public opinion on health care reform, local food purchasing as well as a variety of research related to the local/regional Eau Claire/West-Central WI economy. My current research involves two very timely and interesting policy areas. First, I am researching ways to motivate children to eat more fruits and vegetables, and second, I am researching public opinion on climate change issues and policy. All of my current research involves the active participation of multiple student research assistants and community/university/international partners.



  • Ph.D. Economics, University of California, Davis
  • M.A. Economics, University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Economics, Sonoma State Univeristy