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Professor and Chairperson, Department of Economics

One University Plaza
Department of Economics, YSU
Youngstown, OH 44555 tsporter@ysu.edu

Phone:330-941-3431

Background Information

Tod S. Porter is Chair of the Department of Economics at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University in 1984. He most frequently teaches principles of microeconomics, intermediate microeconomic theory, labor economics, and public finance. His primary research interest is school finance.

Related Pedagogical Projects

Dr. Porter has participated in numerous projects involving computer assisted instruction. From 1988 to 1997 he and Teresa Riley coauthored a series of computer-based exercises for principles of economics, one of which won a EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL Distinguished Software Award. In 1996 and 1997 he coauthored spreadsheet exercises for microeconomic theory courses with Teresa Riley and Rochelle Ruffer. In 2002 Dr. Porter and Kriss Schueller were awarded a National Science Foundation grant to develop MarketSim, a simulated economy designed for use in principles of economics. A later version of the program was distributed by Thomson Learning. Most recently he designed the web site Media for Microeconomics, which is a database of news stories dealing with topics covered in principles of microeconomics.