Dr. Stephen Happel

Dr. Stephen Happel is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business, where he has taught since 1975.

Stephen HAppel: A Video Introduction:

Download Résume Dr. Happel is a nationally recognized speaker on the current outlook for the U.S. and individual states' economies, key demographic trends affecting financial institutions, Federal Reserve policy, and current tax/spending proposals. Known for clear and factual presentations that incorporate lighthearted humor, he can engage any audience, and encourages people to think critically and question ideas being discussed.

Dr. Happel grew up in Quincy, Illinois, earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Missouri in 1969, and attended Duke University where he earned an M.A. in 1972, and a Ph.D. in economics in 1976. In addition to visiting appointments at North Carolina State University, the Australian National University and the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Dr. Happel is founding director of the ASU School of Business Honors Program and served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies from 1991 to 1999.

His research focuses on applied microeconomics and demographic issues. He has written two textbooks and over 100 articles in both professional journals and popular outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Cato Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Arizona Republic. His critiques cover arguments for free-market ticket scalping, student academic dishonesty at universities, U.S. fertility rates, and the snowbird lifestyle among retirees.

Dr. Happel has received numerous teaching awards at ASU, including the ASU Distinguished Teaching Award, the Burlington Northern Award, and Arizona Professor of the Year selected by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He has taught both large undergraduate classes in macroeconomics and MBA classes in managerial economics. Dr. Happel is also a long-time instructor at the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle and the Arizona Tax Institute.