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Norm Obst

Norman Obst has at times taught over 1900 students during the calendar year.  His more than 46 years of teaching included PhD and MBA graduate courses and introductory and advanced undergraduate courses.  He authored two online courses and a web-enhanced course that teach advanced skills of economic analysis to beginning undergraduates, courses designed so that students with different levels of natural aptitude can all be motivated and successful. 

Professor Obst joined the faculty of the Economics Department at Michigan State in 1973 after four years in the Economics Department at the University of Washington.  He received his BA in mathematics from Binghamton University, SUNY, in 1965 and his MA and PhD in economics from Purdue University in 1967 and 1970.  He specializes in theory with an interest in optimal Federal Reserve monetary policy including an emphasis on the financial markets.  He has been published in the top economics journals.  A fundamental goal of his has been the development of macroeconomic theory that brings about real-world policy solutions free from ideological bias.

Norman’s public service involved serving on many local commissions and boards including service as a member of the local Township Planning Commission and 12 years of administrative service in an elected capacity as Township Supervisor.

Michigan State University Department of Economics