Tracy Hofer
Phone: 715-346-3874 
Office: CPS 428

Professional Titles:
Professor of Economics
Director of Center for Economic Education


I am a professor of economics and the director of the UWSP Center for Economic Education. I have been teaching at UWSP since 1999. I hold a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas-Austin. My areas of expertise include international economics, macroeconomic theory and political economy. I received the Distinguished Paper Award from The Midwest Business Administration Association in 2002, and in 2004 I was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the UW System for my extraordinary public service to local communities. I received the Division of Business and Economics Excellence in Teaching Award in both 2001 and 2003.

Selected Publications:

“Insider Lending: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” co-authored with Jason Davis and H. Scott Wallace, Proceedings of the Academy of Business Economics (2006)
“To Loot or Not to Loot: Incentives and Insider Lending” co-authored with Jason Davis and H. Scott Wallace, Midwest Review of International Business Research (2005).
“Insider Lending in Ukraine: An Historical and Institutional Perspective” co-authored with H. Scott Wallace, Midwest Review of International Business Research (2004).
“A Tale of Two Countries: Economic Development Problems Facing Poland and Ukraine”, Midwest Review of International Business Research (2003).
“Free Trade Agreements Are Rarely Politically Viable in the Long-Run”, The Journal of Business Economic Research (October 2002-July 2003).
“The Effects of Political Divisions on Country Welfare”, Southwestern Journal of Economics (July 2000).
“Domestic Politics, Foreign Interests and International Trade Policy: Comment” with Chris Woodruff, American Economic Review (December, 1994).​

Research Interests:

  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Political Economics

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomic Theory


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