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Geri Mason, Ph.D. 
Asst. Prof. of Economics
School of Business & Economics
Seattle Pacific University

209 McKenna Hall

geri@spu.edu

(206) 281-2709 

 
 
 
 

 
  Professional Experience
 

Dr. Mason received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2010 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her fields of specialization are development economics and human resource economics.  Assistant Professor of Economics at Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Mason teaches Economic Development and Macroeconomics. She enjoys experimenting with technology in the classroom and mentoring students.

 

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.

— F. A. Hayek

 

To argue that banking cannot be done with the poor because they do not have collateral is the same as arguing that men cannot fly because they do not have wings.

 — Muhammad Yunus


 
  Current Research Projects
 

Development Economics: the study of how economic institutions develop

Development economists ask questions like: Does access to financial systems increase economic growth? Do credit subsidies (through Kiva.org) increase efficiency among development projects, or promote equity? What are the barriers to developing the microfinance industry in China?

Microfinance in China: Challenges and Innovations

Microfinance has a short and complex history in the People’s Republic of China. Tightly controlled by the government, the main challenges faced by Microfinance Institutions are regulations preventing capacity building, financing, and expansion. Innovations developed to overcome these barriers include training and linkage programs, online financial capital accumulation, and using land use rights as collateral.


Human Resource Economics: the economics of health and labor

Human Resource economists ask questions like: Does the practice of siesta increase labor productivity?

Siesta for Productivity: The Value of Pause

In an increasingly 24-7 world, businesses in several societies maintain the practice of siesta. In addition, societies with no history of practicing siesta are embracing technologies that enhance flexibility concerning the traditional structure of the workday. The benefits of rest during the work day are beginning to be medically documented, but employers may have realized the benefit in the form of increased productivity, and technology is playing a role in capturing these benefits (without the loss of productivity). Are these benefits substantial? Are they primarily the result of improved employee morale (due to a cultural value being honored), or from an enhancement of physical and emotional well being (due to the value of rest and reflection)?

    
 
 

 


       




          




      
  About Me
 

    What I love:

  • Coffee (Fonté, Café Vita, Stumptown, Vivace, Attibassi)

  • Rain (and grey skies)

  • Coffee Shops (Muse, Bustle, Vivace, Bauhaus)

  • Book stores (Elliot Bay Bookstore and Café)

  • A great book (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Persuasion, Safely Home, Blood and Chocolate, Come Thirsty, Contemplative Prayer, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism, Philippians, Psalms, Hebrews, John, Daniel)

  • Being outside (water, mountain biking, Myrtle Edwards Park, running, yoga)

  • Jesus Christ

  • Joshua Kalani

  • Traveling, exploring, and having adventures

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow."     — The Talmud