Dr. Economopoulos was the operations manager of the family business before returning to academia. In the classroom he integrates real-world decision making with economic concepts taken from his own experiences and from the organizations for which he consults. He consults with nonprofit organizations in the area of financial planning, portfolio management, and gambling policy. Outside of the classroom Dr. Economopoulos advises several clubs: Association of Christian Athletes, College Republicans, and YTL. He has supervised over 25 honors students and has published several articles with students. His current research effort is in the area of gambling policy in the United States, and historical banking in Illinois pre-Civil War. He has supervised numerous student independent research projects on technical indicators.
Dr. Economopoulos also directs the Gladstone Whitman Program at Ursinus College. The Program engages students to understand the value of a free market society. The program sponsors speakers, films, student research, internships and study abroad.
- B.A., SUNY Fredonia
- M.A., Virginia Tech
- Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Contemporary Economic Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Finance
Summer Study Abroad - Economies in Transition
- Free Banking
- Financial Market Efficiency
- Analysis of the Gambling Market
The Economic Impact of Ursinus College.
Soothsayers and Crystal Balls: Forecasting Banknote Prices in Illinois.
An Examination of Illinois Free Bank: Bank Ownership, Operations, and Free Bank Failures. Essays In Business and Economic History, forthcoming.2021
Caught in the Headlights: Revising the Road Kill Hypothesis of Illinois Free Bank Failures. Essays in Economic and Business History, Spring 2017 (with Scott Clayman and Scott Deacle)
Did Casinos Cannibalize of Lottery Revenues in PA? Pennsylvania Economic Review, Spring 2012 (with student co-author William Stolle)
Mid-Atlantic Competition of Casino Revenues: A Spatial Analysis, UNLV Gaming Research and Review Journal. Spring, 2015
Revisiting the Impact of Casinos on Economic Development: A Spatial Analysis of the Counties in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Journal of Gambling Business and Economics. Spring 2015
Opposing the Lottery: Forces Behind Individual Attitudes towards Legalization in 1975. ?International Gambling Studies?, 2006
Free Banking Publications
Political Barriers and Transmission of Monetary Policy During the Free Banking Era, ?Pennsylvania Economic Review, Fall 2003
Bank Entry During the Antebellum Period, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 1995
A Discriminating Taste for Money: An Examination of the New York Antebellum Banking Market, in Money: Lure, Lore, and Literature, Greenwood Press, 1994
Free Bank Failures in New York and Wisconsin: A Portfolio Analysis. Explorations in Economic History, July 1990
Illinois Free Banking Experience, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. 1988
The Free Banking Era: A Period of Deregulation or Re-regulation. New York Economic Review, Spring, 1987
Reserve Requirements and the Free Banking Experience. Atlantic Economic Journal, December, 1986
The Impact of SPDR’s on the S&P Cash and Futures Markets. Investment Management and Financial Innovation, May 2005
In Search for Bubbles: An Examination of the NYSE Index. Pennslyania Economic Review, Spring 2001, Co-Authored with Avinash Shetty (Class of 2001)