Dr. Paul Hettler


Department of Business, Economics and Enterprise Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Paul Hettler is an applied behavioral economist with nearly 20 years of teaching experience.  His scholarly interests focus on how risk perception and risk preference affect decision making and optimal public policy design.  Much of his work is interdisciplinary; for example, one current project involves faculty from Meteorology and Communication and seeks to improve the language, timing and targeting of severe weather warnings to elicit more appropriate responses from potentially affected populations.  He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and has published in the areas of local public finance, labor economics, behavioral economics and economics pedagogy.

Since coming to Cal U in 2005 Dr. Hettler has taught numerous courses in economics and quantitative analysis including an undergraduate seminar in Games and Behavior and the economics research methods course.  He is a recognized expert in applying active learning strategies to economics education and recently edited a special issue of the journal International Advances in Economic Research focused on this topic.  Dr. Hettler is the coordinator of the Faculty Professional Development Center and former chair of the Department of Business & Economics.


Research Interests

Behavioral Economics, Public Goods Experiments, Risk Preference, Local Public Finance, Economics Pedagogy



  • "Intelligence, Personality and Game Play: A Pilot Study" (with Keri Potter) Atlantic Economic Journal. 44(3): September 2016. Pp. 409-10. 
  • "Student Demographics and the Impact of Team-based Learning" International Advances in Economic Research. 21(4): November 2015. pp. 413-22. 
  • "Active Learning In Economics: Increasing Student Engagement, Excitement and Success" International Advances in Economic Research. 21(4): November 2015. pp. 357-60.
  •  "Hypothetical versus Real Incentives in the Ultimatum Game and Andreoni's Public Goods Game" (with Mark Gillis) Eastern Economic Journal, 33(4): Fall 2007.  pp. 491-510.
  •  "The Decomposition of Firm-Size Wage Differentials" Journal of Labor Research, 28(3): July 2007.  pp. 477-481.
  •  "The Regional Impact of Commuter Wage Taxes" Atlantic Economic Journal.  32(3): September 2004.  pp. 191-200.
  • "Central City Fiscal Conditions and MSA Population Distribution" International Advances in Economic Research.  8(4):  November 2002. pp. 334-347.
  • "Spillover Effects of Local Fiscal Policy" Atlantic Economic Journal.  Vol. 29, No. 4.  December 2001. pp. 406-419.
  •  "The Impact of Central City Taxes on Suburban Population Growth: Panel Data Analysis, 1960-1990' Pennsylvania Economic Review.  Fall 2001.  pp. 8-18.


Ph.D. Economics: University of Pittsburgh
M.A. Economics: University of Pittsburgh
B.A. Eeconomics: Pennsylvania State University at Erie, the Behrend College

Email: hettler@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-5730

Office: Watkins Hall 219