G. Dirk Mateer

Senior Lecturer in Economics

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic education


Ph.D. in Economics, Florida State University, 1991

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G. Dirk Mateer joined the Eller College of Management in 2014. In addition to teaching at Eller, he has also taught at the University of California-San Diego, the University of Kentucky, Penn State University, Grove City College and Florida State University. In 1991, he earned his PhD in economics from Florida State University. His area of expertise is economic education.


  • ECON 200 Principles of Economics
  • ECON 300 Intermediate Microeconomics for Business Majors



  • Principles of Economics (with Lee Coppock)Norton Publishers, 2013, 2017.
  • Essentials of Economics (with Lee Coppock and Brian O’Roark) Norton Publishers, 2015.
  • Economics in the Movies, Cengage South-Western Publishing, 2005.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Pokémon GO: Applications for the Economics Classroom” (with Abdullah Al-Bahrani, David Mahon and Ryan Murphy) Journal of Economics Teaching. 3 (2): 218-231, 2018.
  • “From The Beatles to Twenty One Pilots: Economics in Music in the Pop Culture Era” (with Kim Holder and Brian O’Roark) Perspectives on Economic Education Research. 11(1): 42-57, 2018
  • “Teaching How Markets Work Using the Economics of The Office Website” (with Dan Kuester) Journal of Private Enterprise. 33 (3): 75-91, 2018.
  • "Lesson Plans for Teaching Economics with The Big Bang Theory" (with Wayne Geerling, Ben Smith, James Tierney, and Jadrian Wooten) Journal of Economics Teaching. 3 (1): 162-184, 2018.
  • “The Economics in Humans of New York” (Abdullah Al-Bahrani, Kim Holder, and Charity-Joy Acchiardo). Journal of Economics and Finance Education. 16 (2): 19-30, 2017.
  • “Beyond Grades” (with Matt Rousu, James Tierney, Kim Holder) Journal of Economics and Finance Education. 16 (2): 1-10, 2017.
  • “Mad Max: Traveling the Fury Road to Learn Economics” (with Michelle Vachris) International Journal of Pluralism in Economic Education. 8 (1): 68-79, 2017.
  • “The Top Ten Films for Economic Educators” (with Kim Holder and Brian O’Roark) The American Economist 61 (2): 1-13, 2016.
  • “JET: A New Journal Takes Off!” (with Linda Ghent) Journal of Economics Teaching 1 (1): 1-7, 2016.
  • “Bazinganomics: Economics of The Big Bang Theory” (with Wayne Geerling, Ben Smith, James Tierney and Jadrian Wooten) Journal of Economic Education, 47 (2), 192, 2016.
  • “Using Film Clips to Teach Public Choice Economics: Take Two” (with Frank Stephenson) Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 14 (2), 76-85, 2015.
  • “First Impressions: Why the First Day Matters” (with Charity-Joy Acchiardo) Perspectives on Economic Education Research, 9 (2), 1-9, 2015.
  • “Using Karaoke to Teach the Law of Supply” (with Wayne Geerling) Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 14 (1), 69-78, 2015.
  • “The Economics of The Office” (with Dan Kuester and Chris Youderian) Journal of Economic Education, 45 (4): 392, 2014.
  • “Multi-Media Technology for the Next Generation.” (with Tawni Ferrarini) Journal of Private Enterprise, 29 (2): 129-139, 2014.