Charles P. Staelin

Professor of Economics

Charles Staelin

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2018
Monday, 1:10–2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 2:30–3:50 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30–11 a.m.

Seelye Hall 415



Ph.D., M.S., B.A., University of Michigan


Charles Staelin taught at the University of Michigan and Amherst College before coming to Smith in 1981. Over the years, his research and teaching have shifted from a concentration on the development of the Third World, and especially South Asia, to an investigation of the theory of international trade and commercial policy under conditions of imperfect competition, product differentiation, factor mobility and transportation costs. His approach to this topic is largely based on the tools of computational economics, especially multi-agent models and genetic programming. Economic geography plays an important role in his work, and he is using changes in industrial location brought on by the North American Free Trade Agreement to inform his models.