David (Chris) Ferguson


Chris Ferguson

Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Economics; Assistant Director, Honors College
Social Science

Office: 314 Tainter Hall
Phone: 715/232-1531
Email: fergusond@uwstout.edu


Ph.D. Economics - Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

M.S. Economics - University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI

M.A. Economics - Miami University - Oxford, OH

B.A. Chemistry & Economics (Honors) - Wake Forest University - Winston-Salem, NC

Curriculum Vitae click for pdf version

Research Interests

My research is in the general area of Public Economics, with a focus on policy issues relating to the economics of education and human capital, community choice, aging, social security, and Medicare.

I also have an interest in issues relating to applications of game theory, mechanism design, and strategic interaction, and in applied micro policy topics in the environmental economics and the economics of sports, music, and leisure.


Paulson, N., K. Zagorski, and D.C. Ferguson. Forthcoming. “On harm and mediated space: The BP Oil Spill in an age of globalization.” In Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, edited by A. Brisman, N. South, and R. White. Ashgate Press. 


"Factors in Honors Student Engagement, Retention, and Completion: A Survival Analysis" and "Creating and Implementing an Honors Assessment Plan" (co-presentation with Lopa Basu, Tina Lee).  National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Denver, CO - November, 2014

"Improving our Water, Our Communities, and Our Economy" with Ron Verdon,  Dunn County Economic Development Conference, Menomonie, WI - September 2014

"City-as-Prices: An Exploration of Place Through Economics" National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA - November 2013

"Teaching Utility Theory and Consumer Optimization using Gloom" National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, New Orleans, LA - November 2013

"Privacy in the Era of 'Big Data'" UW-Stout Constitution Day, Menomonie, WI - September 2013

"An Empirical Analysis of the Growth of Youth Rugby in the Upper Midwest" (with Xanthi Gerasimo) at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting - Columbus, OH - March 2013

"Economic Issues Surrounding the Affordable Care Act" - UW-Stout Constitution Day – Menomonie, WI – September 2012.

"Growth and Distributional Effects of Retirement Migration and Community Choice" at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting – Chicago, IL – March 2012 

"Current Issues Surrounding Economic Inequality" UW-Stout Social Science Speaker Series – Menomonie, WI - November 2011.  

"National Debt, Public Finance, Growth, and Social Welfare" UW-Stout Constitution Day – Menomonie, WI – September 2011.

"Human Capital Investment, Longevity, Health Care, & Growth" and "Contract Rigidities & the Quantity and Quality of Teachers (co-authored with Greg Gilpin)" at the Annual Association for Education Finance & Policy Conference - Seattle, WA - March 2011

"Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public Goods Provision" at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting - St. Louis, MO - March 2011

"Contract Rigidities and the Quantity and Quality of Teachers: An Analysis of Differential Effects Across Teaching-Subject Areas" at the Southern Economic Association Meeting - Atlanta, GA - November 2010.

"Wage Frictions, Teacher Quality, and Teacher Quantity: An Empirical Analysis of Differential Effects Across Subject Areas" at the Midwest Economics Association Meeting - Chicago, IL - March 2010

"Retirement Migration & Community Choice: Effects on Public School Funding" at the American Education Finance Association Meeting - Richmond, VA - March 2010

"Wage Frictions and Teacher Quality" at the National Council on Teacher Quality Annual Conference - Washington, D.C. - March 2009

 ...and just to show I'm well-rounded:

Melvin, M.S., Ferguson, D.C., Lindquist, N. and R.A. Manderville. 1999. DNA Binding by 4-Methoxypyrrolic Natural Products. Preference for Intercalation at AT Sites by Tambjamine E and Prodigisosin. Journal of Organic Chemistry 64(18): 6861-6869.

Garden of the Gods

Courses Taught

ECON 210 - Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 215 - Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 215 HON - Honors Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 360 - Game Theory and Strategic Behavior

ECON 380 - Economic Model Building and Forecasting

ECON 410 - Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 415 - Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON 445 - Public Finance

APSS 300 - Applied Social Analysis II

APSS 400 - Applied Social Analysis III


Me schooling Nels & Tom!
UMHC April, 20 2013 (yes, April!)
October 12, 2015

Assistant Director: Honors College

For more information: UW-Stout Honors College

Co-Director: LAKES REU

The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program that aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research.

For more information: uwstout.edu/LAKES

Where in the World is Dr. Ferguson?

Office Hours (Fall 2015)

Tainter 314 Office Hours: 

  • T-Th: 8am - 9:30 & by arrangement

Honors College Office Hours: 

Library - 430 RSSLC

  • M: 9:15-2:00; W: 9:15-12; F: 9:15-12:00

Course Schedule (Spring 2015)

  • 9:40TTh - APSS 400
  • 11:15TTh - ECON 215

What I'm Reading Right Now:


Poor Economics by Banerjee & Duflo - This is a fantastic "Applied Social Science" book that explores the nuances of policy implementation and design, with a focus on poverty. One of my all-time favorite econ reads. Also has a fantastic companion website


Other recent reads I would highly recommend:

Free by Chris Anderson ... Looks at the economics behind things with a price of zero

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely - delves into testing the limits of our assumptions about rational behavior and the implications for economic models

The Theory that Would Not Die - by Sharon McGrayne - a history of Bayes' Rule and Bayesian Statistics ... chances are that doesn't sound riveting to you, but it is a story involving spies, submarines, and the German Enigma code in WWII - the most interesting book on the history of statistics you're likely to read