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Sarah Tinkler

Sarah Tinkler, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics (Fixed Term)
College of Liberal Arts and Science — Department of Economics

Contact information:

Department of Economics
241-L Cramer Hall
Portland State University

P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Phone:  503.725.3933
Fax:  503.725.3945


Dr. Tinkler received her B.A. from Cambridge University in England in 1982 and her Ph.D. from University of Oregon in 1989.  Before coming to PSU, she was Professor of Economics, the Century Institute International Scholar, and Director of International Programs in the Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  She has also served as a Senior Economic Analyst at the Department of Health in London, UK. 
Dr. Tinkler has published in the areas of foreign direct investment, the economics of criminality, economics of education and the economics of gender.  Currently she is working on papers in the economics of education. Her teaching interests include international economics, macroeconomics, the economics of gender, and labor economics. Dr. Tinkler is the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Economics.

Teaching Fields

  • Women in the Economy
  • Labor Economics
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Principles of Economics


Sample Syllabi (Syllabus will vary from term to term)

  •  EC 202 — Principles of Macroeconomics
  •  EC 340 — International Economics
  •  EC 417 & WS 417 — Women in the Economy 
  •  EC 465 Labor Economics and Industrial Relations
  •  EC 517 & WS 517 — Women in the Economy


Academic Publications

Wilamoski, Peter and Sarah Tinkler.  "The Trade Balance Effects of U.S. Foreign Direct Investment in Mexico." Atlantic Economic Journal v27 n1 (March 1999): 24-37  

Nowell, Clifford, and Sarah Tinkler.  "The Influence of Gender in the Provision of a Public Good."  Journal of Economics Behavior and Organization v25 n1 (September 1994): 25-36.  

Milkman, Martin, and Sarah Tinkler.  "Why do Criminality Rates Differ by Gender:  An Economic Perspective."  In Female Criminality:  The State of the Art.  New York:   Garland, Culliver, 1993.

Gamill, Linda, Carol Hansen, and Sarah Tinkler.  "Linked Course: A Method to Reinforce Basic Skills."  Journal of Education for Business v67 n6 (July/Aug 1992): 358-60

Milkman, Martin, and Sarah Tinkler.  "Assessment of Student Attitudes to Writing Intensive Economics Classes."  Social Science Perspectives Journal, 1991.


Teaching Materials

Owen, Virginia, and Sarah Tinkler.  "Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Economics by Timothy Tregarthen."  Worth:  New York, 1996.

Tinkler, Sarah and Daniel Fuller.  "Study Guide to Accompany Price Theory and Applications by B. Pter Pashigian"  McGraw-Hill:  New York, 1994