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Tracy Hofer


Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Economics, UW-Stevens Point (1999-present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin. Department of Economics, Austin, Texas. Summer 2000
  • Assistant Professor, Southwest Texas State University. Department of Finance and Economics, San Marcos, Texas (January 1997-May 1997)
  • Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin – University Extension Program, Austin, Texas (1995-1998)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Austin Community College. Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Austin, Texas (1994-1996)
  • Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin. Department of Economics, Austin, Texas (1990-1994)

Research Interests

  • International Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Politics and Economics

Professional Experience

  • Program Coordinator, American Economic Association Minority Scholarship Program. Austin, Texas (1997-1999)
  • Research Assistant, Public Utility Commission, Austin, Texas (1990)
  • Consultant and Computer Programmer, IC2 Institute, Austin, Texas (1989)


Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Economic Association (1990-present)
  • Member, National Association of Economic Educators (2012-2020)
  • Member, Midwest Business Administration Association (1999-2007)

Presentations and Publications

  • Domestic Politics, Foreign Interests and International Trade Policy: Comment with Chris Woodruff, American Economic Review December, Vol. 84 (5) December 1994, pp. 1476 – 1478.

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Norco ’80

Best advice you ever received?

Just try your best and everything will be fine.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Head of a non-profit organization that helped developing countries and their people.

Favorite Quote?

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

–William W. Purkey

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

Our department has changed significantly since I arrived in 1999. We’ve added an MBA program and the quality of our faculty has significantly improved, in terms of qualifications, over these many years.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy interacting with the students, at every level.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

I would suggest that you make use of your faculty and peers. They are tremendous resources and are there to help you throughout your education and to help you achieve your goals.

Tracy Hofer
Professor - Economics
Director - Center for Economic Education

428 College of Professional Studies


Ph.D. in Economics
University of Texas-Austin, 1997

M.A. in Economics
University of Texas-Austin, 1988

B.A. in International Relations
Boston University, 1982