John Edgren

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Emeritus Professor



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  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Edgren joined the economics faculty at EMU in 1979. His major areas of academic interest were Environmental Economics and aspects of Institutional Economics, including the relation of ethics to economics. He regularly taught classes in Economics of Crime, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and Intermediate Microeconomics. He also teaches the Macroeconomics half of the Principles of Economics sequence.

Professor John Edgren retired on August 31, 2011, after 32 years of service. He has distinguished himself as a colleague, scholar, and an educator. He served both Eastern Michigan University and the community through his appointment by the Governor to the Environmental Protection Policy Advisory Committee of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The Board of Regents have granted Dr. Edgren emeritus status for his outstanding dedication and service to EMU. Thank you, Dr. Edgren, for your long-term commitment and dedication to the Department of Economics.


  • Microeconomics
  • Energy & Environmental

Publications and Presentations

  • "Modeling Institutional Change, Some Critical Thoughts," Journal of Economic Issues, December 1996
  • "On the Relevance of John Rawl's Theory of Justice to Welfare of Economics," Review of Social Economy, Fall 1995
  • "Criteria for Identifying Scientific Research Programs in Economics," Journal of Economics, February 1986
  • "An Econometric Analysis of the Paper and Wastepaper Markets," Resources and Energy, March 1990, with K. Moreland
  • "The Implications of Land Contracts for Property Tax Assessment Practices," Housing Finance Review, April 1984, with S. Hayworth