Economics of Education, Economics of Entrepreneurship, History of Economics Thought


William Stull received his BA in 1966 from Northwestern University where he majored in mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 1972.  After teaching at Swarthmore College for five years, he came to Temple in 1976 and was promoted to full professor in 1988.  

Dr. Stull's research areas have included urban economics, the economics of education, entrepreneurship, and the history of economic thought. He co-authored two books on the Philadelphia regional economy published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, and his research articles have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals. In 1995 he was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. His third book (edited), The School-to-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations, was published by Praeger and has been translated into Japanese. His current research focuses on the teaching of economics from a history of economic thought perspective.

Dr. Stull has served as chair of the Economics Department for 21 years: 1989 -1995, 1998-2010, and 2019-2022. He also served as senior associate dean of the Fox School of Business in 1996-97 and as president of its collegial assembly in 1997-98. In 2000, he received the Musser Award for Outstanding Service to the Fox School. In fall 2014 he was chair of both the CLA Executive Committee and the CLA Collegial Assembly. In 2015-2016 he served as the interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. 

Dr. Stull has taught over 3500 students at Temple. In 1980, he received the School of Business Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching. In 2012, he received the Department of Economics Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and the Provost Undergraduate Mentoring Award. In 2018, he again received the Department of Economics Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and he was selected as one of Temple University’s “Great Teachers.”

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • The School-to-Work Movement: Origins and Destinations, Praeger, 2003 (co-authored).  Japanese Translation, 2011.
  • Post-Industrial Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991 (co-authored).
  • "Taking the Plunge: Teaching the Microeconomics of Entrepreneurship," International Advances in Economic Research, 2014.
  • "Do Entrepreneurial Goals Matter," Journal of Business Venturing, 2013 (co-authored).
  • "A Game-Theoretic Model of Curriculum Integration and School Leadership," Economics of Education Review, 2006.
  • "The Effect of School Size and Leadership on Participation in the School-to-Work Movement," Journal of Vocational Education Research, 2000 (co-authored).
  • "Post-secondary Employment and Education Status of Inner-City Youth," Atlantic Economic Society Best Paper Proceedings, 1994 (co-authored).
  • "Capitalization of Local Income Taxes," Journal of Urban Economics, 1991 (co-authored).
  • "The Urban Economics of Adam Smith," Journal of Urban Economics, 1986.
  • "Selling Land to the Highest Bidder: An Application of the Beauty Contest Problem," Journal of Regional Science, 1978.
  • "Community Environment, Zoning, and the Market Value of Single-Family Homes," Journal of Law and Economics, 1975.
  • "Land Use and Zoning in an Urban Economy," American Economic Review, 1974.

Courses Taught

  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles (including honors courses)
  • Freshman Composition
  • Microeconomic Theory (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Urban Economics (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Econometrics (undergraduate)
  • Economics Research Seminar (department's capstone course)