Dr. Mike Gumpper

Dr. Mike Gumpper

Dr. Mike Gumpper

Professor of Economics & Director of the Center For Economic Education

Office: McComsey 330
Phone: 717-872-3944
Fax: 717-872-2326

Office Hours

T: 3:45 - 5:15
W: 9:30 - 11:00
R: 3:45 - 5:15
Comments: or by appointment. Note: Office hours are for Spring 2014.

Additional Information

PhD Economics: University of Kentucky (1998)
MS Economics: University of Kentucky (1993)
BA Economics: SUNY @ Geneseo (1991)

Econ 100: Intro Economics: The Economics of Social Issues (G3)
Econ 102: Principles of Microeconomics (G3)
Econ 246: Economics of Health and Health Care (G3)
Econ 207: Environmental Economics (G3, W)
Econ 316: Public Finance (G3)

Mike’s teaching interests include microeconomic theory, environmental economics, health economics, public finance, and economic education. Mike’s research interests include environmental economics and economic education, in particular, the economics of land use and farmland preservation.

As the director of the Center for Economic Education (CEE), Mike is actively involved in economic education at the K-12 level.  During his 17 years as director, Mike has presented over 85 professional development workshops and seminars to over 1800 k-12 teachers. In his role as the director of the Center for Economic Education, Mike provides ongoing support and training to area educators who participate in programs offered by EconomicsPennsylvania such as the Stock Market Game, the Business Plan Competition, the Entrepreneurship Challenge, and the Economics Challenge. According to data collected by the PA Department of Education, the lessons and programs offered by the center over the past 17 years have influenced the education of over 50,000 k-12 students in the region in addition to the ongoing use of lessons and programs in the years following the professional development and training activities.

In 2005, Mike was the primary author and project director for Economics and the Environment: Focus on Land Use and Farmland Preservation, a curriculum for teaching environmental economics at the 9-12 grade level. This text was published by EconomicsPennsylvania with funding from the Claneil Foundation and the Pennsylvania Delegation of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

In 2000, he completed work as the project director of a research study that quantified willingness to pay for farmland preservation for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. This report, "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Benefit Cost Analysis of Public Farmland Preservation Programs" (co-authored by Gary Hovinen and Charles Geiger) was rated the #1 project by the Center's Board of Directors in 1999 and is available from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

In 2000, Mike published a research paper titled, "Do Consumer's Respond to Ecolabels?: Evidence from a Market Experiment Using Contingent Valuation," in the Pennsylvania Economic Review, Spring 2000.

As a member of the Millersville University faculty, Mike has been involved in projects and consulting activities totaling over half a million dollars in corporate partnerships and government and foundation grants in support of the university's mission. In addition, Mike's research and his connection to economic and personal finance education via the CEE has resulted in feature stories and quotes in local and regional newspapers including the Lancaster New Era, Lancaster Sunday News, Lancaster Business2Business, Harrisburg Patriot News, Central Penn Business Journal, and Central Penn Parent. Mike has also appeared on WGAL News, Blue Ridge Cable News, WHP 580, and is a three time guest on WITF's Radio Smart Talk program.  Mike is also a guest lecturer for regional organizations and industry associations including the Rotary Club, Lancaster Estate Planning Council, Central Penn Business Journal's Real Estate Development Conference, and the Pathways Institute for Life Long Learning.

Mike received his BA in Economics (1991) from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his MS and PhD in Economics (1993, 1998) from the University of Kentucky. He has been a member of the Millersville University faculty since 1995.