Mike Vaughan


PHONE: 801.626.7308

EMAIL: mvaughan@weber.edu



Michael B. Vaughan is a professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Weber State University. Vaughan joined WSU as an assistant professor of economics in 1981 and subsequently became chair of the Department of Economics.

He served as dean of the Goddard School of Business & Economics from 1991 to 2004. Subsequently, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2004 to 2015. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. He has also served as Pew Trust Fellow at Princeton University.

He has published numerous articles in journals, including the American Economic ReviewJournal of Economic EducationEconomic Inquiry and Southern Economic Journal. His awards include the Dixon Award and the The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. Vaughan is also a regular editorial contributor to the Ogden Standard Examiner


Pew Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Princeton University 1989

Ph.D. - University of Nebraska

MA - University of Arkansas

BA - University of Arkansas


  • Weber State University Goddard School of Business & Economics, Wall of Honor, 2017
  • Weber State University Alumni Association’s H. Aldous Dixon Award, 2015. 
  • American Associations of State Colleges and Universities, William M. Plater Award for Leadership In Civic Engagement, 2015
  • Weber State University Student Services Award, 2015


For recreation, Mike runs, somewhat slowly; he also bikes and skis, a bit more quickly than he runs.





  1. "Hamilton: An Economics Case Study in Three Acts" Journal of Business Cases and Applications, forthcoming (with D. Meiser)
  2. "Teaching Leaderships Through Philanthropy: The Experience of an MBA Course," Business Education Innovation JournalVolume 10, Number 2,  December 1218
  3. “Differing College-level Tenure Models and the Culture of Undergraduate Research,” Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, Vol. 31, Number 4, Summer 2011.
  4. “The Split Between Political Parties on Economic Issues:  A Survey of Republicans, Democrats and Economists,” Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 21, Issue 2, 1995 (co-authored with Richard Alston and Dan Fuller).
  5. “Institutionalists:  A United Front or Divergent Voices of Dissent?,” Journal of Economic Issues, June 1993, (co-authored with Richard Alston).
  6. “Is There a Consensus Among American Economists in the 1990s?,” American Economic Review, May 1992, (co-authored with Richard Alston and James Kearl).
  7. “The Evolving Health Care System:  Economic Integration Through Reciprocity,” Journal of Economic Issues, XXIII, No. 2, June 1989 (co-authored with W.L. Thomas and F.W. Musgrave).
  8. “Tuition, Unemployment and the Demand for Education:  A Case Study for Classroom Use,” The Journal of Economics, XIV, 1988 (co-authored with S. Baxter).
  9. “The Arc Elasticity of Demand:  A Note and Comment,” Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 1988.
  10. “Inferring Collusion from Pricing Behavior:  The American Tobacco Case of 1946 Reexamined,” Atlantic Economic Journal, XVI No. 3, September 1988 (co-authored with W.J. Smith and T. Potiowsky).
  11. “Cartels and Antitrust:  The Role of Fines in Deterring Violations at the Margin,” Southern Economic Journal, 53, No. 4, April 1987 (co-authored with W.J. Smith and J.P. Formby).  This article was selected for abstraction in the Journal of Economic Literature, 25, No. 4, December 1987.
  12. “Economic Welfare, Price and Profit:  The Deterrent Effect of Alternative Antitrust Regimes,” Economic Inquiry, 24, No. 4, October 1986 (co-authored with W.J. Smith).  This article was selected for abstraction in the Journal of Economic Literature, 25, No. 2, June 1987.
  13. “Push-Pin Policies: The Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy,” Social Science Perspectives Journal, Vol. I, No. 1, 1986.
  14. “Teaching the Theory of Monopolistic Competition: An Analytical Approach,” Atlantic Economic Journal, XVI, No. 2, July 1986 (co-authored with Wade L. Thomas).
  15. “A Note on the Allocative Difference of Contracting and Regulation,” Atlantic Economic Journal, XI, No. 1, March 1983.


  1. "It is time to pass the torch", Standard-Examiner October 2, 2019, sec. editorial
  2. "Who is a socialist?", Standard-Examiner October 2, 2019, sec. editorial
  3. "The paradox of granting privileges to the already privileged", Standard-Examiner March 27 2019, sec. editorial
  4. "Resolve to teach your children about philanthropy"Standard-Examiner January 5 2019, sec. editorial
  5. "A tax by another name", Standard-Examiner August 1, 2018, sec. editorial
  6. "Ok, one more time - it's pronounced Wee-burr", Standard-Examiner April 27, 2018, sec. editorial
  7. "Weber State plays as a college football team should play", Standard-Examiner December 15, 2017, sec. editorial
  8. "Low-tech advice for a high-tech world", Standard-Examiner October 31, 2017, sec. editorial
  9. "Column: The portrait in Ogden's Attic", Standard-Examiner September 13, 2017, sec. editorial
  10. "What the parable of the river can teach us about SLC's Rio Grande crisis", Standard-Examiner August 15, 2017, sec. editorial
  11. "The mystery of Ogden's vanishing college graduates", Standard-Examiner July 11, 2017, sec. editorial
  12. "Preserving holiday memories", Standard-Examiner December 27, 2014, sec. editorial
  13. "Fifty years ago, 1964 was an eventful year", Standard-Examiner 21 October 2014, sec. editorial
  14. "An update on Ogden's creative class", Standard-Examiner 16 September 2014, sec. editorial
  15. "The card that keeps on taking", Standard-Examiner 15 July 2014, sec. editorial
  16. "Many enjoy one of the best things in Ogden", Standard-Examiner 18 June 2014, sec. editorial
  17. "I was looking through some photographs", Standard-Examiner 20 May 2014, sec. editorial
  18. "Looking back on Common Core", Standard-Examiner 15 April 2014, sec. editorial
  19. "MOOCs and 'Mad Men'", Standard-Examiner 18 March 2014, sec. editorial
  20. "A lesson from the Olympics", Standard-Examiner 18 February 2014, sec. editorial
  21. "A happy balance in Ogden", Standard-Examiner 21 January 2014, sec. editorial
  22. "Disappearing conveniences", Standard-Examiner 18 December 2013, sec. editorial
  23. "Considering rankings that matter", Standard-Examiner 19 November 2013, sec. editorial
  24. "What is Ogden's creativity quotient?",  Standard-Examiner 15 October 2013, sec. editorial
  25. "Running the numbers since moving to Ogden 30 years ago", Standard-Examiner 18 September 2013, sec. editorial
  26. "On pleading not guilty and the privilege to be peeved", Standard-Examiner 16 July 2013, sec. editorial
  27. "The meaning of a city", Standard-Examiner 18 June 2013, sec. editorial
  28. "All the riches in the world", Standard-Examiner 21 May 2013, sec. editorial
  29. "Reaching the highest point in the golden years", Standard-Examiner 16 April 2013, sec. editorial
  30. "The preacher, Pigou and politicians", Standard-Examiner 19 March 2013, sec. editorial
  31. "The limits of growth", Standard-Examiner 20 February 2013, sec. editorial
  32. "A Sundance deadbeat", Standard-Examiner 29 January 2013, sec. editorial
  33. "More than a century of Christmas movies", Standard-Examiner 19 December 2012, sec. editorial
  34. "A giftless Christmas", Standard-Examiner 20 November 2012, sec. editorial
  35. "An autumn marathon for entrepreneurs", Standard-Examiner 16 October 2012, sec. editorial
  36. "Economy needs structural changes", Standard-Examiner 19 September 2012, sec. editorial
  37. "College towns", Standard-Examiner 21 August 2012, sec. editorial
  38. "These jobs are going and they ain't coming back", Standard-Examiner 18 July 2012, sec. editorial
  39. "Pondering productivity", Standard-Examiner 19 June 2012, sec. editorial
  40. "It's pronounced Wee-ber ", Standard-Examiner 15 May 2012, sec. editorial
  41. "A great first impression", Standard-Examiner 17 April 2012, sec. editorial
  42. "Looking for the NASCAR candidate", Standard-Examiner 20 March 2012, sec. editorial
  43. "Free to fail", Standard-Examiner 21 February 2012, sec. editorial
  44. "Diamonds, water and streetcars", Standard-Examiner 17 January 2012, sec. editorial
  45. "Miracle on 25th Street", Standard-Examiner 20 December 2011, sec. editorial
  46. "Libraries evolve to meet changing needs of a new century", Standard-Examiner 15 November 2011, sec. editorial
  47. "Warren Who?", Standard-Examiner 18 October 2011, sec. editorial
  48. "Running from science", Standard-Examiner 20 September 2011, sec. editorial
  49. "Dollars and percents", Standard-Examiner 16 August 2011, sec. editorial
  50. "A quiet debate", Standard-Examiner 17 July 2011, sec. editorial
  51. "Hiring and firing the hired help", Standard-Examiner 22 June 2011, sec. editorial
  52. "A parable for the Class of 2011", Standard-Examiner 17 May 2011, sec. editorial
  53. "From Kaysville to Kenya", Standard-Examiner 19 April 2011, sec. editorial
  54. "Art and death in Ogden", Standard-Examiner 15 March 2011, sec. editorial
  55. "Different memories of a classic game", Standard-Examiner 15 February 2011, sec. editorial
  56. "What are you forwarding?", Standard-Examiner 18 January 2011, sec. editorial
  57. "In memoriam", Standard-Examiner 21 December 2010, sec. editorial
  58. "Striving for less", Standard-Examiner 16 November 2010, sec. editorial
  59. "Waiting for the streetcar", Standard-Examiner 19 October 2010, sec. editorial
  60. "To a job well done", Standard-Examiner 21 September 2010, sec. editorial
  61. "The list and private information", Standard-Examiner 17 August 2010, sec. editorial
  62. "'Sprechen Sie Deutsch?'", Standard-Examiner 20 July 2010, sec. editorial
  63. "Learning from Achilles as well as Pythagorus", Standard-Examiner 15 June 2010, sec. editorial
  64. "'Colossus' was a 'prophet'", Standard-Examiner 18 May 2010, sec. editorial
  65. "The few, the happy few", Standard-Examiner 20 April 2010, sec. editorial
  66. "Losing memorably", Standard-Examiner 16 March 2010, sec. editorial
  67. "Providing leadership and leaders", Standard-Examiner 16 February 2010, sec. editorial
  68. "WSU's innovative programs help students succeed in college", Standard-Examiner 19 January 2010, sec. editorial
  69. "If only in your dreams", Standard-Examiner 15 December 2009, sec. editorial
  70. "Some views on views", Standard-Examiner 17 November 2009, sec. editorial
  71. "Ogden's first ski competition", Standard-Examiner 20 October 2009, sec. editorial
  72. "A simple idea that works", Standard-Examiner 15 September 2009, sec. editorial
  73. "Do your math", Standard-Examiner 19 August 2009, sec. editorial
  74. "A model for President Obama", Standard-Examiner 21 July 2009, sec. editorial
  75. "A note of gratitude", Standard-Examiner 16 June 2009, sec. editorial
  76. "Of influenzas and financial crises: three lessons", Standard-Examiner 19 May 2009, sec. editorial
  77. "Utah is changing in demographics", Standard-Examiner 21 April 2009, sec. editorial
  78. "Be careful what you wish for",  Standard-Examiner 17 March 2009, sec. editorial
  79. "Steal a little or steal a lot", Standard-Examiner 17 February 2009, sec. editorial
  80. "The least sporting sport", Standard-Examiner 20 January 2009, sec. editorial
  81. "We live today in a metro Utah", Standard-Examiner 16 December 2008, sec. editorial
  82. "To follow the herd or not to follow the herd", Standard-Examiner 18 November 2008, sec. editorial
  83. "We need to stop digging and tighten our belts", Standard-Examiner 21 October 2008, sec. editorial
  84. "We should focus on a candidate's knowledge and ability", Standard-Examiner 23 September 2008, sec. editorial
  85. "Have you read anything good lately?", Standard-Examiner 26 August 2008, sec. editorial
  86. "Pausing to consider how others see Junction City", Standard-Examiner 29 July 2008, sec. editorial
  87. "Paying the high price for gasoline?", Standard-Examiner 1 July 2008, sec. editorial
  88. "Puffery versus fraud on the political campaign trail", Standard-Examiner 3 June 2008, sec. editorial
  89. "Whenever you need to go somewhere, consider walking", Standard-Examiner 6 May 2008, sec. editorial
  90. "There is satisfaction in finishing the race", Standard-Examiner 8 April 2008, sec. editorial
  91. "Don't fence out the most talented", Standard-Examiner 11 March 2008, sec. editorial
  92. "Are you an ant or a grasshopper?",   Standard-Examiner 12 February 2008, sec. editorial
  93. "Save me my favorite seat", Standard-Examiner 15 January 2008, sec. editorial
  94. "There are many diamond anniversaries", Standard-Examiner 18 December 2007, sec. editorial
  95. "There are many places in downtown Ogden to shop and spend cash", Standard-Examiner 20 November 2007, sec. editorial
  96. "Dreams of returning to the past can take troublesome turns", Standard-Examiner 24 October 2007, sec. editorial
  97. "Thinking about charity and charitable Utahns", Standard-Examiner 25 September 2007, sec. editorial
  98. "Weber State University positioned to meet the needs of its students", Standard-Examiner 28 August 2007, sec. editorial
  99. "Outdoor concerts are a cure for the summertime blues", Standard-Examiner 31 July 2007, sec. editorial
  100. "School vouchers - the origin of an idea", Standard-Examiner 3 July 2007, sec. editorial
  101. "The best commencement speech you will never hear", Standard-Examiner 5 June 2007, sec. editorial
  102. "Too many exploit tragic events in the rush to make money", Standard-Examiner 15 May 2007, sec. editorial
  103. "Hit the ground running", Standard-Examiner 17 April 2007, sec. editorial
  104. "Discovering and rediscovering the Top of Utah", Standard-Examiner 20 March 2007, sec. editorial
  105. "For one brief moment in time, Fat Tuesday was in Ogden", Standard-Examiner 20 February 2007, sec. editorial
  106. "The lure of high wages-for most it takes a college education", Standard-Examiner 23 January 2007, sec. editorial
  107. "A hometown boy: ignored", Standard-Examiner 26 December 2006, sec. editorial
  108. "A penny for your informed thoughts",  Standard-Examiner 28 November 2006, sec. editorial
  109. "World's largest retailer doing good via greed", Standard-Examiner 31 October 2006, sec. editorial
  110. "Looking for leaders in a world of venomous politics", Standard-Examiner 3 October 2006, sec. editorial
  111. "Building a foundation of bricks, steel and brains", Standard-Examiner 5 September 2006, sec. editorial
  112. "Weber County: A tale of two economies", Standard-Examiner 13 August 2006, sec. editorial
  113. "Beware of tempting e-mail offers and promises", Standard-Examiner 11 July 2006, sec. editorial
  114. "Being blessed with a loving father beats winning any lottery", Standard-Examiner 13 June 2006, sec. editorial
  115. "Hiking across the centuries along Ogden's East Bench",  Standard-Examiner 16 May 2006, sec. editorial
  116. "Top of Utah needs more civilized, civic conversations", Standard-Examiner 18 April 2006, sec. editorial
  117. "Lessons we can take from Farnsworth 100 years after his birth", Standard-Examiner 21 March 2006, sec. editorial
  118. "A bridge to a new world helped by man who was given a chance", Standard-Examiner 21 February 2006, sec. editorial
  119. "In economic strategies don't forget to attract creative individuals", Standard-Examiner 24 January 2006, sec. editorial
  120. "Earnings increase with education", Standard-Examiner 15 December 2005, sec. editorial