David Welsch Professor

David Welsch


Ph.D., Economics, Indiana University 2005

M.S., Economics, Indiana University 1999

B.A., Economics (with honors), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1998


David M. Welsch, Ph.D., is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.  He is also the coordinator for the MS in Applied Economics and a researcher in the Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC).

Most of Dr. Welsch’s research focuses on examining the competitive effects in K-12 education policy, however he has completed a wide array of applied empirical projects on a wide array of issues. His published works include articles examining open enrollment programs (inter-district choice), charter school programs, the relationship instructor, peer, and student gender have on academic success, the relationship between student evaluation of teachers and future student success, the impact of publically provided preschool programs (4K) on future district success, the effect childcare quality has on pricing, and the effect school size has on school performance. These publications have appeared in high caliber economics journals. He also does private consulting for school districts.

In the course of his research and consulting Dr. Welsch has employed a diverse array of econometric techniques and worked with very large datasets to examine a myriad of issues. He has employed Stata, SAS, Matlab, and SPSS to estimate models and manage data.

Dr. Welsch has also held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Idaho State University and was a Statistician/Research Associate at the Indiana Project on Academic Success (IPAS).

Dr. Welsch has taught a diversity of courses, most recently he has taught Introductory Microeconomics (201), Undergraduate Econometrics (E345), Advanced Undergraduate Economics (E446), Graduate Econometrics I and II (E733 and E743), and the data methods portion of Graduate Research Methods (E740). He has also supervised many master theses and undergraduate research projects.

Recent Publications:

  1. “The Relationship between Student Transfers and District Academic Performance: Accounting for Feedback Effects” Education Finance and Policy, 2015, volume 10, no. 3 (with D. Zimmer)
  2. “Child Care Quality and Pricing: Evidence from Wisconsin” Applied Economics, 2014, Volume 46, No. 35 (with B. Artz)
  3. “Instructor Gender, Student Gender, and Student Outcomes” The Southern Economic Journal, 2014, Volume 80, No. 3 (with Artz)