ERICK ESCHKER Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Davis, 1997.
Economic History, Regional Economic Analysis, Sports
Economics, Health Economics, Real Estate Economics
M.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 1992.
B.A., Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989.
Humboldt State University, Professor of Economics, 2009 to present
Chair, Economics Department, 2003-2004, 2006-2010, 2016
Economic Index <www.humboldt.edu/econindex/>,
2003 to present
Founding Co-Director, Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, 2012 to present
Research Associate, California Center for Rural Policy, 2006 to present
Director, International Studies Program 2002 to 2003
Humboldt State University, Associate Professor of Economics, 2004 to
Humboldt State University, Assistant Professor of Economics, 1998 to
American Economic History,
Money and Banking,
International Economics (M.A./MBA),
Principles of Economics,
California State University Sacramento,
Visiting Professor of Economics, 2011 to 2012
Quantitative Economic Analysis
Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (M.A.)
Economic History of the U.S.
Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis
American Medical Association, Research Health Economist, 2005-2006
Center for Population Economics, University of Chicago, Visiting
Researcher, 2004 to 2005
University of California, Davis, Instructor, summer 2007 to 2016
Money and Banking,
University of California, Berkeley, Instructor, summer 1999
Bates College, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, 1997 to 1998
Topics in Public Economics,
Principles of Macroeconomics
Institute for Governmental Affairs, U. of California, Davis, Graduate
Statistician/Data Analyst, 1994 to 1997
Econometric and programming consultant using SAS, SPSS, and STATA in
University of California, Davis, Teaching Assistant, 1989 to 1994
Graduate Microeconomic Theory,
Money and Banking,
Principles of Macroeconomics,
Principles of Microeconomics
Grants and Funding
Regulatory Impact Analysis for Manufactured Medical Cannabis, contract
with the California Department of Public Health, Primary Investigator,
Humboldt Economic Index, $58,000 total external corporate
sponsorship raised, 2004-present.
Entrepreneurs Survey, $7,000 contract funded by the Headwaters Fund, County of
Humboldt, and NorthCoast SBDC, 2012.
Entrepreneurs Survey, $12,000 contract funded by the County of
Hispanic Entrepreneurship in Mendocino County Survey, Ford Foundation Grant ($10,000 for economics sub-contract), 2009-10.
Impact and Retention Plan for Healthcare Providers in Del Norte County, using IMPLAN,
$5,000 contract funded by the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors,
Humboldt State University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Grant, $500, 2006-2007.
Humboldt State University Foundation Grant, $500, 2004.
Humboldt State University Foundation Grant, $500, 1999.
Entrepreneurs: What Are the Best Indicators of Their Success? with
Gregg Gold and Michelle Lane. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, forthcoming.
General Economy of Marijuana: Implications for Legalization, with
Charles Kaplan, Quarterly Journal of the American Institute for
Progressive Democracy, October 2016, special issue, pp. 34-47.
Introduction to Special Issue on Current Perspectives on Marijuana and Society, with Josh Meisel, The
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 2013, issue 35, pp. 1-4.
Estate Economics, invited chapter in 21st Century Economics: A
Reference Handbook, Rhona Free, ed., Sage, 2010.
and Competition in a Rural Gasoline Market: A Descriptive Case Study of
Eureka, California, with Lara Remke, Northwest Journal of Business and
Performance When It Counts? The Myth of the
Prime-Time Performer in Professional Basketball, with David Berri (CSU
Bakersfield), Journal of Economic Issues, September 2005, vol. 39, no.
3, pp. 798-807.
Generational Accounting and the Saving Rate
Decline, 1960-2000, Public Budgeting and Finance, March 2005, vol. 25,
no. 1, pp. 46-65.
The NBA and the Influx of International
Basketball Players, with Steve Perez and Mark Siegler (CSU Sacramento),
Applied Economics, June 2004, vol. 36, issue 10, pp. 1009-1020.
Characteristics of Countries with Generational Account Imbalances,
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, March 2003, vol. 5, issue 1,
Study Guide for The Economics of Money, Banking, and
Financial Markets, seventh edition, by Frederic Mishkin, Addison Wesley
Reports and ProjectsPatterns, Predictors, and Risks of Dabs, with Gregg Gold, in progress.
College Students Working in the Marijuana Industry: Brief Results, with Josh Meisel and Jeff Grabinski, 2014.
New Manufacturing Sector for the Humboldt Economic Index: Description and Preliminary Findings, 2013.
Humboldt County Regional Activity 2000-2010, produced for Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, 2011.
Expanding Monthly Retailer Survey, Humboldt Economic Index, in progress.
Expanding Monthly Hotel Survey, Humboldt Economic Index, in progress.
The Pain Begins for Housing, written October 2008.
Humboldt Real Estate Economic Website with Data, created 2007.
It's a National Housing Market, written September, 2007.
Monthly Mortgage Up Despite Lower Interest Rates, written April 2006.
Humboldt County Surrounded by Most Overvalued Housing in Nation, written December, 2005.
Humboldt County Economy Decade Retrospective, 1994-2004, produced 2004.
Media InterviewsMad River Union, Laid-off mill workers get aid, February 4, 2016.
Eureka Times-Standard, Mixed reports from retailers on holiday shopping season, December 29, 2015.
Loast Coast Outpost, Local Housing Market is Among the Least Affordable in the Country, Study Confirms, December 28, 2015.
The Guardian, Dreaming of the billion-dollar high in California’s marijuana green rush, November 6, 2015.
Loast Coast Outpost, Humboldt County's economy is pretty good, actually, March 20, 2015.
The North Coast Journal, Numbers game: The Federal Reserve Bank's snapshot of Humboldt, December 13, 2014.
Eureka Times-Standard, California next up for legal pot? Humboldt prepares for impact, November 13, 2014.
Eureka Times-Standard, Measure R: Business weighs in on $12 minimum wage proposal for Eureka, September 5, 2014.
Eureka Times-Standard, Measure R: An overview of Eureka's fair wage act, September 3, 2014.
Eureka Times-Standard, Study: Students better off saying 'no' to pot jobs, May 23, 2014.
Times-Standard, Eureka's chamber says 'no' to city's minimum wage initiative, May 22, 2014.
Times-Standard, Humboldt Economic Index adds new sector: overall
manufacturing category builds on lumber section, May 5, 2014.
KIEM Television, Research at the new institute, February 5, 2014.
Eureka Times-Standard, Humboldt's job rate looking up: Recent data shows more jobs for county, January 25, 2014.
The Atlantic, How colleges are preparing students for a country where pot is legal, January 23, 2014.
The North Coast Journal, Probing Pot: HSU's marijuana institute tends a new crop of research, December 5, 2013.
Eureka Times-Standard, Legalization measure raises economic questions, December 1, 2013.
KEET Television, Humboldt County and the Marijuana Industry, fall 2013.
CardHub.com, Ask the Experts: Should Uncle Sam Take a Toke to Fill His Coffers? August 27, 2013.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Legalize It and They Will Analyze It, June 3, 2013.
KNX (CBS) Newsradio interview, New Institute, November 26, 2012.
Eureka Times Standard, Marijuana institute takes shape at HSU; third in a series of lectures Tuesday, November 25, 2012,
and run in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, ABC News, CBS News,
Fox News, DailyMail, and Seattle Gazette.
The Economist, The
next crisis, Sponging boomers: The economic legacy left by the
baby-boomers is leading to a battle between the generations. Research
quoted, September 29, 2012.
Eureka Times Standard, Humboldt's $400 million Question, December 4, 2011.
KCBS Radio, Marijuana Legalization, June 2, 2011.
North Coast Journal, Higher Education, April 28, 2011.
KHUM Radio, Marijuana and the Local Economy, March 31, 2011.
North Coast Journal, Long Way Down, March 24, 2011.
North Coast Journal, Boomerangers, February 3, 2011.
KHUM Radio, Humboldt County Economy and Real Estate, December 31, 2010.
Eureka Times Standard, Humboldt Housing Affordability Increases with
Sales Prices Dropping, December 9, 2010.
Bloomberg Businessweek, Reefer Sadness for Pot Farmers, October 27,
KIEM Television, The Politics of Pot: Private Industry, October 27,
KIEM Television, Eureka Gasoline Prices, September 27, 2010.
Eureka Times Standard, HSU Report Finds Record Drop Locally in Home
Sales, Record Unemployment Claims, September 25, 2010.
KIEM Television, Student Debt and Financial Aid, September 20, 2010.
Eureka Times Standard, Working from the Bottom Up, September 17, 2010.
North Coast Journal, Humboldt’s Portfolio, July 1, 2010.
KIEM Television, Oil Spill and Gasoline Prices, May 6, 2010.
KCBS Radio, San Francisco, Humboldt County Economy and Marijuana
Legalization, April 13, 2010.
Eureka Times Standard, Legislators Talk Budget Impacts at HSU, April
Los Angeles Times, Humboldt County Afraid of Being Uprooted from Pot
Perch, April 7, 2010.
Eureka Times Standard, A Stimulating Question, February 21, 2010.
KHSU Radio, Proposed Financial Regulation, February 16, 2010.
KIEM Television, Holiday Retail Sales, November 19, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, Economic Index Points to Decline in Retail
Sales, November 14, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, County on Furlough: Budget Cuts at HSU
Reverberate Throughout Local Economy, October 12, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, RCAA Nabs $1.6mil in Stimulus Funds, September
Eureka Times Standard, Economic Index Paints Mixed Picture, September
North Coast Journal, Homespun Wisdom, July 16, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, County Unemployment Rate, June 20, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, From Red to Green: Economic Downturn Brings Out
Home Vegetable Gardens, May 31, 2009.
KIEM Television, California State Budget and the Ballot Propositions,
May 21, 2009.
Jefferson Public Radio, The North Coast Economy and the Recession, May
Eureka Times Standard, Humboldt County Bleeds More Jobs, May 15, 2009.
Jefferson Public Radio, Obama's Housing Plan, February 23, 2009.
Eureka Times Standard, Finding Employment in a Recession, January 8,
KHUM Radio, Humboldt County Economy, December 17, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Unemployment Rates Spur CR to Hold Technical Job
Showcase, December 2, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Gas Prices Down But For How Long? November 24,
North Coast Journal, Call the Fiscal Justice League, November 6, 2008.
KSLG Radio, Causes of the Economic Crisis, October 23, 2008.
KIEM Television, Unemployment and Recession, October 15, 2008.
KHSU Radio, Economic Crisis and the Local Economy, October 14, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, County Unemployment Rate at Highest Level in
Decade, October 14, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Economic Politics, October 14, 2008.
KIEM Television, Wall Street Bailout Plan, September 25, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Private Investors Urged to Hang Tight, September
KIEM Television Studio, Live at Five: Wall Street Crisis,
September 19, 2008.
California Aggie, Housing Crisis May Extend to Davis, July 17, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Foreclosures Near Record Levels, June 17, 2008.
Eureka Reporter, Selling a House After the Bubble Burst, May 1, 2008.
North Coast Journal, House Poor: Is the North Coast in Sync with the
Nation's Subprime Mortgage Crisis? April 10, 2008.
KIEM Television, Oil Prices and SUV Purchases, March 5, 2008.
KIEM Television, Gasoline Prices, February 25, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, Humboldt, Del Norte Counties Receive Housing
Money, February 11, 2008.
Eureka Times Standard, A Question of Stimulus, January 26, 2008.
North Coast Journal, Top Ten Stories of 2007, December 20, 2007.
Eureka Times Standard, Local Experts Debate the State of Humboldt's
Housing Market, December 10, 2007.
KHUM Radio, County Housing Market, November 29, 2007.
KIEM Television, New Housing Data, October 18, 2007.
KIEM Television, Internet Outage Impact, October 11, 2007.
KIEM Television, Housing Prices, October 10, 2007.
Eureka Reporter, Housing Prices to Fall 40 Percent? October 9, 2007.
Radio, Inside HSU, October 5, 2007.
Humboldt State News Online, HSU Spotlights Redwood Real Estate
Economics, September 17, 2007.
Nevada Appeal, State to Give More Money to First-time Homeowners,
September 1, 2007.
Eureka Times Standard, School Opens Up, Enrollment Down, August 26,
KIEM Television, Humboldt County Unemployment, May 23, 2007.
Eureka Reporter, Home Sales Increase Leads to Drop in Affordability,
May 22, 2007.
Eureka Times Standard, Colleges a Huge North Coast Economic Force,
April 29, 2007.
Daily Triplicate, Plan Released to Recruit, Keep Doctors, April 13,
Daily Triplicate, Plan to Recruit Doctors Almost Ready, March 5, 2007.
Eureka Times Standard, Boom Sparks "Rent vs. Own" Debate December 15,
Eureka Times Standard, Housing Prices Drop, Buyers Market on Horizon?
August 10, 2006.
Eureka Times Standard, State Sales Tax Up, Local Sales Tax Down, June
Eureka Times Standard, Are Local Tourism Impacts Overestimated? May 14,
Eureka Reporter, County Redevelopment: A Long Term Strategy, May 7,
Eureka Times Standard, Housing Bubble About to Burst?, October 20, 2005.
Eureka Reporter, Housing Affordability Still Going Down, October 16,
North Coast Journal, The End of the Boom? Humboldt's Housing Prices May
Skyrocket No More, October 13, 2005.
Eureka Times Standard, Flatlining: Local Anesthetics, August 31, 2005.
North Coast Journal, Ups and Downs at the Pump, November 11, 2004.
Eureka Times Standard, Costco Was Key In Lowering Gas Prices, Study
Indicates, November 10, 2004.
Eureka Reporter, Retail Jobs Expected to Continue Increasing in County,
June 16, 2004.
Eureka Times Standard, Humboldt Economy Takes a Tumble, January 17,
KIEM Television, The Index of Economic Activity of Humboldt County,
December 11, 2003.
KIEM Television, The Index of Economic Activity of Humboldt County,
November 7, 2003.
Eureka Times Standard, Local Economy Brightened in August, October 9,
Sacramento Bee, Eureka Chafes at High Gas Prices, August 30, 2003.
Eureka Times Standard, The Humboldt County Economy, August 7, 2003.
KIEM Television, The Humboldt County Housing Market, July 7, 2003.
KIEM Television, The Index of Economic Activity of Humboldt County,
July 1, 2003.
KHUM Radio, Economic Impact of Terrorist Attacks, September 12, 2001.
The Lumberjack, Free Trade Area of the Americas, April 4, 2001.
KIEM Television, China and the WTO, May 26, 2000.
KVIQ Television, The Internet and The Local Economy, December 13, 1999.
KHSU Radio, World Trade Organization, November 30, 1999.
KHSU Radio, Status of Local Economy, November 1, 1999.
KVIQ Television, Investing The Social Security Trust Funds in The Stock
Market, January 20, 1999.
PapersA General Economy of Marijuana, with Charles Kaplan (USC), 2016.
There a Housing Bubble in Humboldt County? The Housing Market in a
Rural California Region, 1989-2004, with Soren
State University Digital Scholar Working Paper #190, 2005.
Redistribution by Age and Generational Inequality in the Twentieth
Century, Humboldt State University Digital Scholar Working
Frugal Elderly, Spendthrift Young, and Liquidity Constraints:
Revisiting the Fall in U.S. Saving Rates, manuscript, 1999.
Saving, Public Intergenerational Transfers, and Liquidity Constraints,
1900-1990, dissertation, University of California, Davis,
Committee: Peter Lindert (Chair), Steve Sheffrin, Greg Clark.
Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, 2009.
Social Science History Association, Annual Meeting, 2005.
American Medical Association, Center for Health Policy Research, 2005.
Western Economic Association Annual Conference, 2004.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2002.
Western Economic Association Annual Conference, 2000.
Western Economic Association Annual Conference, 1999.
Western Economic Association Annual Conference, 1998.
Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas, 1998.
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1998.
Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1998.
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 1997.
The All-UC Group in Economic History, Fall 1995 Conference.
Brown Bag Seminar Series, University of California, Davis, 1994-96.
and Retired Faculty Association Luncheon "Marijuana Businesses in
California, Regulation and Initiative, 2016," Arcata CA, September 13,
Prosperity Network Business Leader Luncheon "Cannabis Opportunities in Research," Arcata CA, January 8, 2016.
The State Bar of California "North Coast Environmental Tectonics," Eureka CA, September 11, 2015
Drug Policy Alliance Conference "Cannabis Regulations and Fair Labor Practices," Eureka CA, April 11, 2015
Arcata Rotary, Students in the Marijuana Economy, October 8 2015.
Eureka Rotary, The Humboldt Economy in 2014 and New Niche Manufacturing Sector, March 31, 2014.
Redwood Capital Bank's Economic Update Dinner and Meeting, The Humboldt Economy in 2014, January 29, 2014.
Redwood Region Economic Summit, New Entrepreneur Survey Preliminary Results, June 10, 2011.
HSU Marijuana Working Group Spring Research Forum, Measuring
Monthly Marijuana Production, April 22, 2011.
HSU International Education Week Panel Discussion, International
Macroeconomics, November, 2009 and 2010.
HSU Business Partners Meeting, Humboldt Economic Index, October 5, 2010.
American Association of University Women, The History and Future of
Social Security, October 2, 2010.
Schaub Memorial Lecture, Panelist, Grow Houses and Governance: The
Politics of Pot in Humboldt County, October 26, 2009.
Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, The Economic Index of
Humboldt County, August 30, 2009.
Arcata Rotary, The Humboldt County Economy in Recession, March 11, 2009.
Eureka Old Town Rotary, The Humboldt County Economy in 2009, December
California State and Federal Employee's Credit Union #20 Board of
Directors, Challenges for Lending in 2008, April 23, 2008.
Eureka Rotary, The Humboldt County Economy in 2008, March 31,
Economics Panel Discussion, Recession and the Economy, March 12, 2008.
Eureka Old Town Rotary, Humboldt County Economy, 2007, November 6, 2007.
Humboldt Economic and Land Plan, The Effect of Zoning on Building,
HSU Business Partners Meeting, Humboldt Economic Index, February, 2007.
Region Economic Development Commission Board of Directors, Ten Years of
Change in the Humboldt County Economy, June 28, 2004.
Community Lecture, Ten Years of Change in the Humboldt County Economy,
June 10, 2004.
HSU New Student Presentation, Sports Economics: Who is the
Most Valuable Player?, April 17, 2004.
HSU Faculty Panel Discussion, State of the Union Address, January 29,
HSU International Week Global Issues Series, International Banking and
Debt, November 18, 2002.
League of Women Voters of Humboldt County, International Trade in
Historical Perspective, September 29, 2001.
HSU German Club Public Lecture, The Euro and the New Germany, October
Community Access Cable TV Broadcast, WTO Panel Discussion, February 22,
HSU M.A. Program in Globalization’s Colloquium Series, International
Capital Flows, December 4, 1998.
HSU Mathematics Department Colloquium Series, The Fall in U.S. Saving
Rates, October 1, 1998.
Teaching and Textbook Reviews
County and Northern California Teaching American History Programs,
Professor, Foundation for Teaching Economics, Economics and Leadership
Textbook Proposal Review of The Economics Encounter by Mateer and
Clifford, Thomson, 2005.
Textbook Review of Principles of Economics, first edition, by Leeds,
von Allmen, and Schiming, Addison Wesley Longman, 2004.
Textbook Review of Macroeconomics, second edition, by Colander and
Gamber, Prentice Hall, 2004.
Review of The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Markets,
seventh edition, by Frederic Mishkin, Addison Wesley Longman, 2002.
Humboldt State University Faculty Research Incentive Program Award, 2013.
Sabbatical Leave (competitively awarded), HSU, 2011-12 and 2004-2005.
President McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award, HSU, 2004.
Ray Beaumont Award for best overall contribution to the Department of
Economics, UC Davis, 1994.
Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Honor Society, 1988.
Journal Referee for Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 2013.
Journal Referee for Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 2012.
Grant Reviewer, Standard Research Grants Program, Social Science and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009.
Handbook of Technology Management, Hossein Bidgoli, ed., John Wiley
& Sons, 2009.
External Program Reviewer, Sonoma State University Department of
Journal Referee for Public Budgeting and Finance, 2005.
for Arthritis: Changes in its Prevalence During the 19th and 20th
Centuries, by Paula Canavese and Robert Fogel, Illinois Economic
Association Annual Meeting, 2004.
Discussant for How Much are
Consumers Willing to Pay for Family Planning? by Ndola Prata, Western
Economic Association Annual Meeting, 2000.
Discussant for Social Security and Retirement, by Michael Vanderhart,
Western Economic Association Annual Meeting, 1998.
Assistant for What Limits Social Spending? by Peter Lindert,
Explorations in Economic History, January 1996, vol. 33, issue 1, pp.
Research Assistant for A British Food Puzzle, 1770-1850,
by Gregory Clark, Michael Huberman, and Peter Lindert, Economic History
Review, 1995, vol XLVIII, issue 2, pp. 215-237.
Report to The Cliometrics Society, The All-UC Group in Economic
History, Fall 1993.
Research Assistant for Truth Versus Precision, by Thomas Mayer, Edward
Elgar Publishing, 1993.
American Economic Association, All—UC Group in Economic History.
Significant University Service
Senator, Academic Senate California State University (statewide CSU senate), 2012 to present.
Member, Fiscal and Governmental Affairs Committee (statewide CSU senate), 2013 to present.
Member, CSU Admission Advisory Council, 2013 to present.
Co-Chair, University Resources and Planning Committee, 2012 to 2016.
Member, University Senate Executive Committee, 2012 to 2016.
Ex-Officio Member, University Senate, 2012 to present.
Member, University Facilities Working Group, 2013 to 2016.
Member, HSU Panetta Congressional Internship Selection Committee, 2014 to 2016.
Author of Economics Faculty and Students and the Housing Market, Humboldt Magazine, Fall 2011.
Guest Lecture, Physical Anthropology, October 27, 2010.
Member, Provost Academic Program Prioritization Task Force, 2007 to
Chair, Personnel Committee, College of Professional Studies, 2009 to
2010 (member 2007-2011).
Member, Ad Hoc Budget Review Task Force, College of Professional
Author, Economics Department History Institutions Assessment Review,
Member, University Budget Review Task Force, 2007.
Author, Economics Department Diversity Assessment, 2007.
Author, Economics Department Curriculum Assessment Review, 2007.
Chair, Personnel Committee, Department of Economics, 2004 to 2005.
Author, Economics Department General Education Program Review, Spring
Chair, College Student Affairs Committee, 2000 to 2002.
Member, CSU System-Wide Committee on Learning Outcomes Assessment in
Economics, 1999 and 2000.
Economics Program. Economics Program budget and staffing for
former School of Business and Economics, 2002 to 2003.
Member, Undergraduate Education Focus Group, HSU Strategic Planning
Committee, Fall 2003.
Job Search Committees:
Economics Faculty, 2013.
Economics Faculty, 2011.
Child Development Faculty, 2010
Competitive Intelligence Research Specialist, 2008
Director of Student Financial Aid, 2007
Computer Technician, 2003
Football Defensive Backs Coach, 2001
Economics Faculty, 2001
Football Defensive Coordinator, 2000
Computer Technician, 1998
Curriculum Development and Revision to Major:
MA in Globalization, 1999
Member and Advisor for Masters of Arts in Social Science
(Globalization) program, and undergraduate program in International
Studies, 1998 to 2004.
Website Designer (content) and Webmaster, former School of Business and
Member, Teacher Credentialing and Early Adoption of New Specifications,
History/Social Science Committee, 2002.
Participant, Well-Educated Teacher Symposium on Democracy and