Joe A. Stone

Professor Emeritus
Joe A. Stone

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1977; international economics, labor, applied econometrics.


About Professor Stone

Joe A. Stone is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, where he has served since 1979, the year after Animal House was filmed on campus.

Research Interests

As a member of the UO faculty for 35 years, Stone published more than 80 papers, ten in top-ten journals in economics, and his research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Departments of Education and Labor, and the Ford Foundation. Currently, Stone is joint coordinator for the Department of Economics’ senior honors thesis program in which teams of seniors investigate important community issues in collaboration with non-profit and governmental organizations.

Recent research has focused on reform issues in K-12 education; higher education and student financial aid; the influence of state and local fiscal policies on regional growth; non-marital fertility; and economic models of religion.  Stone has supervised the dissertations of more than 40 Ph.D. students. He continues to be passionate about undergraduate education, and supervises undergraduate students in primary research on important issues. Several of their papers are now published.



  • PhD, Economics, Michigan State University, 1977
  • M.A., Economics, Michigan State University, 1974
  • B.A. Economics, University of Texas at El Paso, 1970
  • Military Service: U.S. Army, 1970-1972

Recent and Current Courses

  • EC 418: Economic Analysis of Community Issues I
  • EC 419: Economic Analysis of Community Issues II

Distinctions and Awards

From 1996 to 2006 Professor Stone served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During those years, Stone enjoyed applying basic tenets of economics—greater decentralized authority and clear incentives to pursue common goals and priorities. Examples of the results include higher rankings for graduate programs; new multidisciplinary degree programs; and more than a doubling of external grant funding, endowed appointments, and external gifts. In 2008, he was selected by the University Senate and President to receive the Charles E. Johnson Memorial Award for Distinguished Service.

On a wider scale, Stone served as senior staff economist for international trade policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan administration, and has also served as an academic consultant for other universities.