Geoff Schneider

Geoff Schneider

Professor of Economics
Economics Department Co-Chair; Affiliated Faculty in Critical Black Studies
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About Geoff Schneider

Educational Background

  • B.A. Economics, Northwestern University, 1986
  • Ph.D. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1997

Research Interests

  • economic systems
  • economic development
  • Africa, South Africa
  • teaching and pedagogy

Professor Schneider recently published new editions of two textbooks, Economics: A Tool for Critically Understanding Society (with Jean Shackelford, Steve Stamos, and Tom Riddell), and Introduction to Political Economy (with Charles Sackrey and Janet Knoedler). His current research projects include papers on comparative institutional advantage and economic systems. He was recently selected as the recipient of the Class of 1956 Lectureship Award for Inspirational Teaching.

Selected Publications


Economics: A Tool for Critically Understanding Society, 9th Edition, with Tom Riddell, Jean Shackelford and Steve Stamos, Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011.

Introduction to Political Economy, 7th Edition, with Charles Sackrey and Janet Knoedler, Somerville, MA: Dollars and Sense, 2000, 2002, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013.


"Democracy, Development and Comparative Institutional Advantage in Africa," with Berhanu Nega, Forum for Social Economics, Vol. 42, No. 2-3, 2013.

"Student evaluations, grade inflation and pluralistic teaching: Moving from customer satisfaction to student learning and critical thinking," Forum for Social Economics, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2013.

"Things Fall Apart: Dictatorships, Development, and Democracy in Africa," with Berhanu Nega,  Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2012.

"International Financial Institutions and Democracy in Africa: The Case for Political Conditionality and Economic Unconditionality," with Berhanu Nega. Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2011.

"Democratizing the Classroom: Sequencing Discussions and Assignments to Promote Student Ownership of the Course."  Review of Radical Political Economy, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2010.

"Uneven Development and Grounded Comparative Institutional Advantage: Lessons from Sweden and Mondragon," with Paul Susman. Forum for Social Economics, December 2009.

"Comparative Institutional Advantage and the Appropriate Development Model for sub-Saharan Africa." Forum for Social Economics, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2008.

"Trade, People and Places: A Social Economic - Geographic Approach to Comparative Institutional Advantage," with Paul Susman. Review of Social Economy, Vol. 66, No. 4, 2008.

"Institutional Challenges in the Development of the World's First Worker-Owned Free Trade Zone," with Paul Susman.  Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2008.

"Sweden's Economic Recovery and the Theory of Comparative Institutional Advantage."  Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2007.

"Globalization and the Poorest of the Poor: Global Integration and the Development Process in Sub-Saharan Africa."  Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2003.

"Neoliberalism and Economic Justice in South Africa: Revisiting the Debate on Economic Apartheid."  Review of Social Economy, Vol. 61, No. 1, 2003.

"African Drama: Myrdal and Progressive Institutional Change in South Africa," with Peter Ho.  Journal of Economic IssuesVol. 36, No. 2, 2002.

"Economics Standards and Lists: Proposed Antidotes for Feminist Economists," with Jean Shackelford.  Feminist Economics Vol. 7, No. 2, 2001.

"The Development of the Manufacturing Sector in South Africa."  Journal of Economic Issues Vol. 34, No. 2, 2000.

"An Institutionalist Assessment of Structural Adjustment Programs in Africa."  Journal of Economic Issues Vol. 33, No. 2, 1999.

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