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Mark J. Gibson

Associate Professor (Career Track) and Chair of Undergraduate Studies


Mark J. Gibson is an Associate Professor (Career Track) and the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University.  He also oversees the School’s Global Campus degree in Business Economics and advises graduate student instructors teaching both on campus and online.  Born and raised in the Twin Cities area, he earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching at WSU since 2007.  Dr. Gibson has taught a wide variety of courses, from introductory undergraduate to Ph.D. field courses, and has primary interests in macroeconomics and international trade and finance.  His research primarily focuses on modeling the effects of international trade and industrial policies when there are heterogeneous firms.  Dr. Gibson is the 2021 recipient of the R. M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching.



  • International Trade, Macroeconomics, Growth and Development, Industrial Organization


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Minnesota, 2008
  • B.S., Summa cum Laude, Economics, University of Minnesota, 2001


  • 2017-Present, Associate Professor (Career Track), School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University
  • 2011-2017, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University
  • 2007-2011, Assistant Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University


  • “Infectious Disease Control and Human Health Investment: Learning by Controlling,” with Boris Houenou and Thomas L. Marsh, 2022, Journal of African Development, 23(2), 187–206
  • “Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Chinese Agricultural Exports: The Role of Trade Intermediaries,” with Qianqian Wang, 2018, Applied Economics, 50(27), 3007–3015
  • “Using Imported Intermediate Goods: Selection and Technology Effects,” with Tim A. Graciano, 2018, Review of International Economics, 26, 257–278
  • “Exporters in Cross-Section: Direct vs. Intermediated Trade,” with Qianqian Wang, 2018, Review of International Economics, 26, 84–95
  • “Coupled vs. Decoupled Subsidies with Heterogeneous Firms in General Equilibrium,” with Jeff Luckstead, 2017, Journal of Applied Economics, 20(2), 271–282
  • “The Impact of Agricultural Subsidies on the Corn Market with Farm Heterogeneity and Endogenous Entry and Exit,” with Stephen Devadoss and Jeff Luckstead, 2016, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 41(3), 499–517
  • “Trade, Non-Homothetic Preferences, and the Impact of Country Size on Wages,” with Xichao Wang, 2015, Economics Letters, 132, 121–124
  • “The Decision to Import,” with Tim A. Graciano, 2011, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(2), 444–449


  • EconS 102: Fundamentals of Macroeconomics
  • EconS 198: Honors Economics
  • EconS 302: Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
  • EconS 320: Money and Banking
  • EconS 327: International Trade and Finance
  • EconS 335: Business Finance Economics
  • EconS 420: Monetary Theory and Policy
  • EconS 500: Macroeconomic Theory I
  • EconS 502: Macroeconomic Theory II
  • EconS 506: Mathematics Primer for Economists
  • EconS 526: Mathematical Economics with Applications
  • EconS 571: International Trade
  • EconS 594: Theory of Industrial Organization


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