Charles P. Staelin
Professor of Economics and chair
Seelye Hall 415
Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00
Wednesday 2:30 - 3:30
Thursday 10:30 - noon
Research and Teaching Interests
Over the years, my research and teaching have shifted from a concentration on the development of the Third World, and especially South Asia, to an investigation of the theory of international trade and commercial policy under conditions of imperfect competition, product differentiation, factor mobility and transportation costs. Economic geography plays an important role in my work as I wish to incorporate the reality of differing phyical locations into explanations of trade and investment.
My approach to this topic is largely based on the tools of computational economics, and especially the use of Agent-based Models (ABM). At the moment, the modeling package of choice is NetLogo, an ABM package that is both powerful and easy to use. I have developed several tools and extensions for NetLogo, which can be found under "My Links".
My teaching is concentrated largely in the areas of international trade, and microeconomics at the intermediate and introductory level. I am also involved in the college's new South Asia Concentration.
I received my B.A. in physics at the University of Michigan in 1966, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in economics in 1969 and 1971, respectively. I stayed at Michigan for several years as a Research Associate in the Center for Economic Development and as a Visiting Assistant Professor. I then moved to Amherst College in 1974 and to Smith in 1981. From 2000 through 2007 I served in the Provost's Office as Associate Provost and Dean for Academic Development, and have been chair of the Department of Economics since 2008.