Sarah Tinkler

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Sarah Tinkler, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
College of Urban and Public Affairs — Department of Economics


Dr. Tinkler received her B.A. from Cambridge University in England in 1982 and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1989.  Before coming to PSU, she was Professor of Economics 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, England. 

Dr. Tinkler has published in the areas of health economics, foreign direct investment, and the economics of criminality, education and gender.  Her teaching interests include international economics, engineering economics and the economics of gender. She chairs the undergraduate committee and advises undergraduate students, including transfer and prospective students, for the Department of Economics.

Teaching Fields

  • Women in the Economy
  • International Economics
  • Engineering Economics

Sample Syllabi

(Syllabus will vary from term to term)

  • Spring 2020 EC 314U Private and Public Investment Analysis
  • Summer 2020 EC 340 International Economics
  • Spring 2020 EC 417/WS 417 Women in the Economy
  • Spring 2020 EC 517/WS 517 — Women in the Economy

Academic Publications

Sharma, Rajiv, Tinkler, Sarah, Mitra, Arnab, Pal, Sudeshna, Susu‐Mago, Raven, and Stano, Miron. "State Medicaid Fees and Access to Primary Care Physicians." Health Economics 27, no. 3 (2018): 629-36.

Tinkler, Sarah E, Sharma, Rajiv L, Susu-Mago, Raven R.H, Pal, Sudeshna, and Stano, Miron. "Access to US Primary Care Physicians for New Patients Concerned about Smoking or Weight." Preventive Medicine 113 (2018): 51-56.

Tinkler, Sarah, Sharma, Rajiv, Pal, Sudeshna, Susu‐Mago, Raven, and Stano, Miron. "Offers of Appointments with Nurse Practitioners If a Requested Physician Is Unavailable." Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 29, no. 4 (2017): 209-15.

Tinkler, Sarah, and Woods, James. "The Readability of Principles of Macroeconomics Textbooks." The Journal of Economic Education 44, no. 2 (2013): 178-91.

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.