Staff & Fellow Profiles

David Sorenson, PhD

David Sorenson is a Professor of Economics at Augustana University, where he has been working since 1997. He has been Economics Department Chair since 2010. Proffessor Sorenson received his PhD in Economics from West Virginia University in 1997 with emphasis areas in Regional Economics and Monetary Economics. His dissertation was “Estimating Local Lending Risk and Its Effect on Bank Asset Allocation”. Sorenson received a BS in Geography (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of North Dakota in 1981 and an MS in Geography from the University of Iowa in 1985. He worked at West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute from 1986 to 1997.

At Augustana, Sorenson has taught Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Money & Banking, Statistics, Intermediate Statistics, Econometrics, Regional Economics, Economic Geography, and Human Geography. He taught Microeconomics, Business Statistics, and Money & Banking at West Virginia University and Maps and Mapping and Planning Methods at the University of Iowa.

Sorenson has authored or co-authored articles published in the Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, International Advances in Economic Research, Journal of Economic Issues, Socio-economic Planning Sciences, and Applied Geography. He has also co-authored a book chapter, a research monograph, and several research papers, and he has contributed several articles to conference proceedings. His primary research interests include migration, population, regional and local lending risk, and bank lending behavior. Sorenson is a member of the American Economics Association, Regional Science Association, and Mid-Continent Regional Science Association and has served as president of the MCRSA and associate editor of the Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy.