Bill Bellinger

Associate Professor
Department of Economics

About Professor Bellinger:

        My Ph. D. is from Northwestern University.  I also have a Masters Degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and a B.A. from Michigan State.  My academic interests include the economic and political power of labor unions,  the economics of public policy, and cost-benefit analysis.  I am married with one wife, two kids, and three pets.  In addition to work and family, I also have active interests in basketball, tennis, and ballet, and general interests in college sports, music, and current events.


    My typical year includes sections of Introductory Microeconomics (econ. 111), Intermediate Microeconomics (econ. 278), Labor Economics  (econ. 353), urban economic problems (econ. 214) and one or two other courses.  In the fall of 1999 I will offer Intermediate Microeconomics, a freshman seminar entitled Urban Problems in Small Town America, and a new course entitled the Economic Analysis of Policy. The following links provide examples of my course syllabi.  They will be updated for the 1999-2000 academic year.

 Economics 111 Syllabus,1998:

 Intermediate Microeconomics, 1999

Freshman Seminar Syllabus, 1998:

Teaching Philosophy:

 High quality teaching performance is the most important goal of most Dickinson faculty, including myself, and teaching is strongly supported by the college in many ways.  After more than 20 years of classroom experience, my approach to teaching continues to evolve and (I hope) improve.  At this point my classroom technique involves combining several approaches to learning.  In most of my courses I attempt to explain concepts through lecture as well as carefully chosen readings,  but those devices are merely introductions to your own learning process.  My classes frequently break into small groups in order to debate a policy issue, discuss an aspect of the reading assignment, or solve problems.  In courses which use math (most of them) homework is a common feature of the learning process.   Office hours plus weekly review sessions are available for those with questions about my class or other issues.  Technology can add to the learning experience if used correctly.  For example, computerized study guides for technical material combine the practice of homework with the graphics and instant gratification of video games.  In applied courses, documentaries or other videos can bring a more human dimension to the policies and problems analyzed in an abstract manner in a text or lecture.  However, person to person communication is still the most effective learning tool for most students, and that is the approach which is emphasized in my courses.


    My primary research interest at this time is a textbook for a course in public policy analysis.  While it is written primarily from the economics point of view, it will also include political and ethical analysis, and several chapters which discuss applied policy topics such as welfare reform or environmental policy.  The following link displays a more complete list of my past research activity.


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