Cliff Nowell


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Cliff Nowell is a professor of economics and dean of the Office of International Programs at Weber State University. He is also a visiting scholar at Shanghai Normal University in Shanghai, China. 

He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a PhD in economics, specializing in applied microeconomics. His research interests include the economics of education and resource economics.


Ph.D., Economics with a specialty in microeconomics - University of Wyoming, 1988

MA, University of Wyoming, 1979

BA, University of Wyoming, 1978




  1. The Influence of motivational orientation on the satisfaction of university students, Teaching in Higher Education, Forthcoming, 2017.
  2. Non-response Bias in Teaching Evaluations, with L. Gale and J. Kerkvliet, International Review of Economics Education, September, 2014.
  3. What Interests Environmental and Resource Economists? A Comparison of Research Output in Agricultural Economics versus Environmental Economics, with T. Grijalva, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, August, 2014.
  4. The Role of Confidence in the Truthful Revelation of Private Values, with G. Parkhurst, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, August, 2014.
  5.  Public Subsidies, Tuition, and Public Universities’ Choices of Undergraduate Acceptance and Retention Rates in the USA, with J. Kerkvliet, Education Economics,  December, 2014.
  6. Trends in Co-authorship in Economics since 1985, with T. Grijalva, Applied Economics, Spring 2011.
  7. Ranking Economics Departments in a Contested Discipline: A Bibliometric Approach to Quality Equality
  8. Among Theoretically Distinct Sub-Disciplines, with F. Lee and T. Grijalva, American Journal of Economics and
  9. Sociology.  Forthcoming, November 2010.
  10.  Assessing Faculty Performance Using Student Evaluations of Teaching in an Uncontrolled Setting, with L. Gale
  11. and B. Handley,  Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. July, 2010.
  12. The Influence or Relative and Absolute Grade Expectations on Student Evaluations of Teaching, International
  13. Review of Economic Education,   Winter, 2008.
  14. A Guide to Economics Graduate Programs: Ranking Departments is Areas of Expertise, with T. Grijalva, Southern
  15. Economic Journal, April, 2008.
  16. I Thought I Got an A!  Overconfidence Across the Economics Curriculum, with Richard Alston.  Journal of Economic Education, Spring, 2007.
  17. Academic Dishonesty and Online Courses, with Therese Grijalva and Joe Kerkvliet.  College Student Journal,
  18. March, 2006.
  19. Does One Size Fit All? Encouraging Retention Across Colleges and Universities, Economics of Education Review,
  20. Summer, 2004.
  21. Economics and Ecology: A Comparison of Experimental Methodologies and Philosophies, with J. Shogren.
  22. Reprinted in Experiments in Environmental Economics, Ashgate Publishing 2003.
  23. The Economic Value of the Greater Yellowstone’s Blue-Ribbon Fishery, with  J. Kerkvliet. North American Journal
  24. of Fisheries Management, Fall, 2002.
  25. Political Realities of the Endangered Species Act: Comments, Protecting Endangered Species in the United States,
  26. Cambridge University Press, J.Shogren and J.Tschirhart Eds., 2001.
  27. The Economic Value of the Henry’s Fork Fishery, with J. Kerkvliet. Intermountain Journal of Science, December, 2000.
  28. Tools for Recreational Management in Parks: The Case of the Greater Yellowstone’s Blue-Ribbon Fishery,
  29. with J. Kerkvliet. Ecological Economics, Spring, 2000.
  30. Heterogeneous Visitors and the On-Site Travel Cost Model, with J. Kerkvliet. Journal of Leisure Research, December 1999.
  31. An Experimental Analysis of Subgame Perfect Play: The Entry Deterrence Game, with C. Mason. Journal of
  32. Economic Behavior and Organization, September, 1999.
  33. Undergraduate Student Cheating in the Fields of Business and Economics, with Doug Laufer.  Journal of Economic
  34. Education, January 1997.
  35. Implementing the Voluntary Contribution Game: A Field Experiment, with R Alston. Journal of Economic Behavior
  36. and Organization, December 1996.
  37. Economics and Ecology: A Comparison of Experimental Methodologies, with Jay Shogren, in A Survey of Ecological Economics, Island Press, 1995.
  38. The Effect of Gender on the Provision of a Public Good, with Sarah Tinkler. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, September 1994.
  39. Some Determinants of Regulatory Lag:  A Time to Failure Analysis,  with S. Atkinson. The Southern Economic Journal, April 1994.
  40. Noncompliance and Enforcement of Illegal Waste Disposal, with J. Shogren. Journal of Regulatory Economics, December, 1993.
  41. Testing Theories of Regulatory Behavior, with J. Tschirhart. The Review of Industrial Organization, September 1993.
  42. Asymmetric Duopoly Markets: An Experimental Examination, with C. Mason and O. Phillips. The Review of Economics and Statistics, December, 1992.
  43. Entry, Collusion, and Capacity Constraints, with C. Mason. The Southern Economic Journal,  April 1992.
  44. Environmental Economics and Wilderness Values: What's in it for the Individual, with R. Alston, in  The Wilderness: An Interdisciplinary View,  University of Nevada Press, S. Zeveloff Editor, 1992.  
  45. Length-Biased Sampling in Mall Intercept Surveys, with L. Stanley.  The Journal of Marketing Research, November 1991.
  46. Economics and Ecology: a Comparison of Experimental Methodologies, with J. Shogren. Ecological Economics, 1991
  47. The Timing of a Rate Request by a regulated Firm, with J. Shogren.  The Southern Economic Journal,  April 1991.
  48. The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act and Regulatory Behavior, with J. Tschirhart. Journal of Regulatory Economics, March 1989.
  49. Length Biased Sampling in Contingent Valuation Studies, with M. Evans and L. McDonald. Land Economics, November 1988.


  1. "Testing the Economic Theory of Regulation: Evidence from PURPA," presented at the Southern Economic Association meetings, November 1987.
  2. "Theories of Regulatory Behavior," presented at the American Economic Association meetings, December 1989.
  3. "Entry, Deterrence, and Capacity Constraints," presented at the American Economic Association Meetings, December 1992.
  4. The Methodology of Ecological Economics, presented at the annual meetings of the International Society of Ecological Economics, 1992.
  5. The influence of Gender on the Provision of Public Goods, presented at the Western Economic Association meetings, June 1994.
  6. Recreation as Economic Development, presented at the Western Forest Economist Meetings, May 1995.
  7. Heterogeneous Visitors and the Travel-Cost Methodology, presented at the Western Economic Association meetings, July 1996.
  8. Factors Affecting Student Retention, Idaho State University Teaching Workshop, April 1999.
  9. A Theoretical Model of Retention and Acceptance Rates, presented at the Economics and the Classroom Experience Conference,  Idaho State University, October 2002.
  10. Cheating in Online Classes, presented at the Western Cooperative Educational Technology Meetings, November, 2003.
  11. State Subsidies, Tuition, and Public Universities’ Choices of Acceptance and Retention Rates, presented at the Annual  Public Choice Meetings, March 2006.
  12. The Lowdown on Mudbugs, presented at the Southern Economic Association Meetings, November, 2009
  13. Tell me What you Really Think: Online vs. In-Class Student Evaluations of Teaching, presented at the  Western Economic Association meetings, July 2010.