Norris Peterson

Professor of Economics

Norris Peterson

Status:Phased Retirement

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1983
  • B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 1975

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Teaching Areas: Labor Economics, Mathematical Economics, Game Theory, Microeconomic Theory
  • Research Interests: Economic education, income distribution, forensic economics


Following his B.A. degree with honors in Economics and Mathematics from PLU in 1975, Norris Peterson completed his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and has been on the PLU faculty since 1980. He has taught a wide variety of courses, including the principles sequence, intermediate microeconomics, labor, game theory, mathematical economics, public finance, and MBA courses in theory and analytical methods. His research interests are the relationship between education level and income distribution, and economic education. He is the author of supplementary text and web-based material for both the principles sequence and the labor economics course for the Irwin/McGraw Hill college division. In addition to his teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities, he has an active consulting practice in forensic economics, specializing in the determination of lost earnings from wrongful death or termination.