Charity-Joy Acchiardo

Senior Lecturer in Economics

McClelland Hall 430MM
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic education
  • New Institutional economics
  • Public choice
  • Development economics


PhD in Economics, George Mason University, 2013

Additional Links


  • ECON 200 Principles of Economics
  • ECON 317 Development Economics
  • HRNS 395A Economics of Love and Marriage

Services and Other Duties

Journal Articles

  • “Dismal Dating: A Student’s Guide to Romance Using the Economic Way of Thinking” (with N. Malek), Journal of Private Enterprise, 35 (3), 93-108, 2020.
  • “Economics is a Kahoot!” with J. Wooten and G. D. Mateer), The Journal of Economic Education, DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2020.1804499, 2020
  • “Behavioral Economics in Film: Insights for Educators” (with M. Briguglio, W. Geerling, & G. D. Mateer), Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, revise and resubmit, 2020.
  • “A Pixar is Worth a Thousand Words” (with D. Calhoun, M. Kirts, & G. D. Mateer), Journal of Economics Teaching, forthcoming, 2020
  • “Through the Lens of Life: Teaching Principles of Economics with Humans of New York” (with A. Al-Bahrani, K. Holder, & G. D.  Mateer), Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 16 (2) ,19-30, 2017.
  • “First I First Day Matters” (with G. D. Mateer), Perspectives on  Economic Education Research, 9 (2), 1-9, 2015.


  • Dystopia & Economics: How to Survive Everything from the Apcolypse to Zombies (co-edited with M. Vachris), New York: Routledge, April 2018

Working Papers

  • "Disneynomics: Animate Your Class" (with D. Calhoun and M. Kirts)
  • "Dive in! Tips for teaching economics through Shark Tank" (with A. Al-Bahrani, D. Patel and B. Sheridan)
  • "Setting the Scene: Using Film to Teach Behavioral Economics" (with M. Briguglio and G. D. Mateer)
  • "Unintended Returns: The unplanned role of nonprofits in the economy and society"
  • "Using Big Hero 6 to Better Understand Asymmetric Information" (with G .D. Mateer)