I had the opportunity to work as an economic analyst for six years with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, which gave me a "real world" perspective on applied economic analysis. Iʻve found students enjoy the stories and anecdotes illustrating the application of concepts in a governmental setting. The on-going exchange between theory and practice has continued in my 17 years with the Public Administration Program and service with various Hawaiʻi public institutions.
- PhD, Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1987
- BA, Economics, San Francisco State University, 1981
- PUBA 608: Public Budgeting
- PUBA 609: Policy Analysis and Implementation
- PUBA 667: Special Topics
- PUBA 695: Capstone Planning Seminar
- PUBA 696: Capstone Seminar
I started my academic career doing economic history, with particular interest in state government fiscal and policy issues in the 1800s. The opportunity to work with the Hawaiʻi economic development agency (see above) broadened my exposure to current state policy issues. This naturally led to an interest in state and local fiscal and economic policy topics.
I have applied my interests in state public policy issues in a number of areas: (1) The 2005-2007 Hawaiʻi Tax Review Commission, which reviewed and made recommendations for changes to Hawaii’s tax system; (2) The State Council on Revenues, the group that provides forecasts of state revenue for use in the state budget process; (3) The Governor’s Sequestration Impact Response Team in 2013-14 to assess the effects of national budget policy on Hawaiʻi, and (4) as a Trustee of the Friends of the Library, the group that makes investment decisions for the Friends’ endowment.