Edward M. Feasel, PhD

Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program
Faculty - Full-Time
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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Economics
  • PhD, University of California at Berkely
  • BA, Yale University
  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • International Economics
  • Foreign aid, international trade and foreign direct investment (determinants and impacts of)
  • Economic outcomes and societal values
  • Regional economic issues --Orange County Economy
  • Economic growth; effects of monetary and fiscal policy
  • Feasel, Edward M. Exports, Trade Policy and Economic Growth in Eras of Globalization. Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • “Understanding TPP’s Significance for the Pacific Basin”, in The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, eds. Shane J. Barter and Michael Weiner, Routledge, 2017.
  • “On the Relative Importance of Demand and Supply Shocks: a Panel VAR Study for US States”, with Padmapriya Gollapudi & Daiki Kumazawa. Applied Economics Letters, Jan. 2017.
  • Japan’s Aid: Lessons for Economic Growth, Development and Political Economy. Routledge, 2015.
  • “Sentiment toward Trading Partners and International Trade” with Nobuyuki Kanazawa, Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 39, 2013.
  • “Understanding Subjective Well-Being across Countries: Economic, Cultural, and Institutional Factors”, International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 5(1), 2013.
  • “Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Conflict: A Case Study on Japanese ODA to Vietnam”, in Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia, eds. William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • “Understanding Attitudes toward Globalization at the Individual and National Level”, with Diya Mazumder, International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2012.
  • “The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from a Panel VAR Using Short and Long-run Restrictions”, International Journal on GSTF Business Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 2011.
  • “Understanding Unemployment across California Counties”, with Mark Rodini, Economic Inquiry, Vol. 40, 2002
  • “A VAR Approach to Growth Empirics: Korea”, with Yongbeom Kim, Ministry of Finance, Seoul, South Korea and Stephen Smith, George Washington University, Review of Development Economics, October 2001
  • "Explaining Industry Labor Productivity Movements", Economic Inquiry, October 1998
  • “Recession and Recovery In California: 1990-1996”, Public Policy Institute of California, Background Report, 1998
  • “Japan must give peace a new chance”, Asia Times Online, November 4, 2014
  • “A Report on the South Orange County Economy”, published by Coastal Chamber Legislative Coalition, 2006
  • “Economic Impact: A Report of the Impact of Soka University of America on the Local Economy”, joint with Nobumasa Hiroi and Humroy Lopez, a report partially funded by the Community Relations Department, Soka University of America, 2004
  • “Too Little, Too Late: Interest Rate Cuts, Stimulus Package Just Frosting on Cake When Economy Recovers”, The Orange County Register, December 18, 2001
  • “Of Economic Interest: Federal Reserve Committee Should Act Quickly to End Interest Rate Yo-Yo Effect”, The Orange County Register, March 19, 2001
  • “Challenges of Growth: International Trade Makes California World’s Sixth Largest Economy”, The Orange County Register, October 24, 2000
  • “Rating the Fed: It’ll Fail the Country If It Continues to Force Interest Rates Higher”, The Orange County Register, June 23, 2000
  • “The ‘New Economy: Californians Will Remain in the Forefront as New Technologies Emerge’, The Orange County Register, April 20, 2000
  • “Immigrants and the Economy: Non-native Workers in California Help Keep State’s Economy Robust”, The Orange County Register, August 2, 1999
  • “A Strong California Economy: Rest of US Took Up Slack When Asian Markets Hit by Depression”, The Orange County Register, May 26, 1999
  • “Productivity vs. Inflation? It’s Possible for us to have Our Economic Cake and Eat It, Too”, The Orange County Register, May 13, 1999


  • “International Business Cycles: On the Relative Importance of Common and Idiosyncratic Shocks”, European Economic and Finance Society, City, University of London, June 21-24, 2018.
  • “The Role of Exports in the East Asian Miracle”, Conference of Macroeconomists from Liberal Arts Colleges, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, August 1-3, 2017
  • "Regional Trade Agreements and Their Impact on Exports in Japan, Korea and Singapore”, Western Economic Association International Biennial Pacific Rim Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March, January 7-10, 2016.
  • “The Role of Exports in the East Asian Miracle”, Asia Pacific Economic Association, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, July 11-12, 2014.
  • “Korea’s Economic Development: The Importance of Demand, Supply and Export Shocks”, Korea and the World Economy XIII Conference, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, June 21-22, 2014.
  • “On the Economic Effects of Japanese Official Development Assistance”, Western Economic Association International Biennial Pacific Rim Conference, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, March 2013.
  • “Understanding Subjective Well-Being across Countries: Economic, Cultural, and Institutional Factors”, Center for Economic Research on Economic Tendency Surveys (CIRET) Conference, Austrian Economic Chamber, Vienna, Austria, September 2012.
  • “Economic Ties and Their Influence on Perceptions of Foreign Governments: Evidence from International Survey Data”, Asia Pacific Economic Association, Singapore, June 2012.
  • “The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from a Panel VAR”, Micro and Macro Economics GSTF Conference, Singapore, July 2011.
  • “Who Cares About Globalization”, Global Studies Conference, Pusan, South Korea, June 2010.
  • “Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Conflict: A Case Study on Japanese ODA to Vietnam”, Pacific Basin Research Center Workshop on Economic Development Strategies and Inter-Group Conflict, Soka University of America, Orange County, June 2009.
  • “Economic Update and Forecast for South Orange County”, 2 year project to develop an update and forecast publication and presentation for the South Orange County area, moderated by Supervisor Tom Wilson, sponsored by the Coastal Chamber Legislative Coalition (Consortium of local chamber of commerce groups), Surf and Sands Resort, Orange County, California, 2006.
  • “Understanding Productivity Effects Across Industries”, Invited presentation at the Asian Development Bank, January, Manilla, Philippines, 2004
  • “Orange Country Economic Update and Projections: Where Will the Jobs Be?”, Orange County Career Link: Vision 20/20, professional development conference for high school career educators, counselors, and career professionals throughout Orange County, sponsored by Orange Coast College, February 2003
  • “2002 Forecast for the US and Orange County Economies”, at the Economic Update 2002, annual conference sponsored by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Marriot Hotel, January 2002
  • “The State of the California and Orange County Economy” to California Staffing Professionals, Quarterly Membership Meeting, Irvine, Hyatt Hotel, California, October 2001
  • “A VAR Approach to Growth Empirics: Korea”, Economic Development Conference, Kennedy School, 1999, Cambridge; Western Economic Association Meetings, San Diego, 1999
  • “Recession and Recovery in California: 1990-1996”, Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, 1997
  • "Explaining Industry Labor Productivity Movements”, Western Economic Association Meetings, San Francisco, 1996, University of California at Davis, Department of Economics, Davis, 1996
  • "Industry Productivity, Price, and Wage Dynamics for the United States and Other G7 Countries”, Western Economic Association Meetings, San Diego, 1995
  • "The Effects of Aggregate Demand, Labor Supply, and Aggregate Supply Shocks Across 13 OECD Countries", Eastern Economic Association Meetings, New York, 1994
  • "Aggregate Demand and Economic Growth: A Paper in the Spirit of Harrod and Domar", University of Maryland, Department of Economics, 1994


  • American Economic Review, Applied Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Systems, Eastern Economic Journal, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Policy Sciences Review, Prentice Hall (textbook), The Social Science Journal, Social Science Quarterly
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Institute for New Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) class of 2017-2018
  • Best Conference Paper, Micro and Macro Economics GSTF Conference, Singapore, 2011
  • Soka Gakkai Award, Daisaku Ikeda Medal, 2007
  • Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees, 2007-present 
  • Soka Education Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley,1992
  • Graduate Minority Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1989
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1988
  • Dupey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Yale University, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude, Yale University, 1988