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Matt Birch


Department of Business & Economics

Asst. Professor


Matt Birch
Tschoepe Hall
Office Hours:
M 3:45-4:45, W 9:30-11:30
M 3:45-4:45, W 9:30-11:30
Phone: 830-372-6052



Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University

B.S. in Economics, Eastern Washington University

A.A., Spokane Community College


"How Much Does Merit Aid Actually Matter? Revisiting Merit Aid and College Enrollment When Some Students “Come Anyway,”" with Robert Rosenman, Research in Higher Education (2019) 60: 760.

Research In Progress

  • “Product Differentiation in an Uncovered Hotelling City,” with Robert Rosenman. 
  • “The Choice of University Consumption Amenities for Credit Constrained Students”, with Ben Cowan. 
  • “State Funding Cuts and University Specialization”

Subjects Taught

  • Principles of Economics 
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Industrial Organization 
  • Econometrics 
  • Personal Finance
  • Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

Additional Subjects To Be Taught 

  • Labor Economics 
  • Healthcare Economics 
  • Money and Banking 
  • Game Theory 
  • Economics of Education

To help students with the challenging math in his classes, Dr. Birch has begun producing YouTube videos with solved examples for various classes. Click here to view his channel. 



“Washington State University, School of Economic Sciences Seminar “How Much Does Merit Aid Actually Matter? Fall 2017.”

Western Economic Association, 91st Annual Conference “Product Differentiation on an Uncovered Hotelling City”, Summer 2016. Session Title: Game Theory and Bargaining Theory

Washington State University, School of Economic Sciences Seminar “Do Visitation Scholarship Programs Work?” Fall 2016.

Eastern Washington University, Economics Society “Product Differentiation on an Uncovered Hotelling City” Fall 2015.

Dr. Matt Birch, CV

About Dr. Birch

Dr. Birch is a first-generation college student who joined TLU immediately after finishing his Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University in 2018. His primary research interests are in higher education and financial aid policy. Additional interests are spread throughout areas of Industrial Organization and Public Policy. He loves teaching almost anything with economic underpinnings, but especially enjoys topics that encourage debate and critical thinking concerning the role of government in the economy. He loves music and sings and plays piano. He is a husband and the father of four rowdy children. His family is everything to him.