Dr. Elaine J. Peterson


Elaine PetersonDr. Peterson is a professor in Economics at California State University, Stanislaus. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in August 1996. Her dissertation is entitled "Neighborhood Quality and Children's Propensity to Succeed."

As an undergraduate she attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1982, with distinction in Economics. She has been a research assistant in the Financial Structure Section of the Federal Reserve Board and the Institute for Research on Poverty. The honors she has received include the M. Jarvin Emerson Award in June 1996 and a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellowship, from 1989-1990. Her research includes work on neighborhood quality and children's success, and on policy-related determinants of teen non-marital childbearing.

Courses she teaches include: Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2500), Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2510), Economic History of the United States (ECON 3100), Public Finance ( PADM 5006) and State Local Public Finance (PADM 5007).

Contact Information

Building Location:
Dorothy & Bill Bizzini Hall
(Classroom Building) 
See Building #2: Map

Office: C101D - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3327

Fax: (209) 667-3588

E-mail: epeterson@csustan.edu

Dr. Peterson's Course Pages

Office Hours:
In C-101D:
MWF: 11:00-12noon

In Location TBA:
M: 5:00-5:40pm
And by appointment

Principles of Macroeconomics = ECON2500

Syllabus for Section 1 spring 2011 meets at 11 am

Please visit Blackboard for More Information and Short Assignments


Please watch online lecture by Yasheng Huang and make an outline of key points, “Global and Domestic Imbalances: Why Rural China is the Key”, given June 6, 2009, http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/692 , MIT World, MIT Sloan School of Management

Some Practice Questions

            Examples of Supply and Demand Questions

Slides going over potential responses to Supply and Demand Questions

Practice questions for Exam 1

Slides going over some potential responses to practice exam 1

Practice questions for Exam 2

Slides going over some potential responses to practice exam 2

Practice questions for Exam 3

Slides going over some potential responses to practice exam 3

Practice questions for Final

Slides going over some potential responses to practice final

Some Interesting/Useful Sites for Econ2500  

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
CCER National Budget Simulation
Economic Report of the President

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Indexes

BLS CPI text table

Discussion Lists

To join a discussion list for this class please send an email message to the professor epeterson@csustan.edu indicating your name and the number of the section in which you are enrolled. 

To send a message to the discussion list for this class send a message to:
econ2500-1-L@csustan.edu  for section at 1 pm or

Econ2500-4-L@csustan.edu for section 4 at 10 am.

Comments or Suggestions? Please send email to epeterson@csustan.edu

Interesting/Useful Sites



Center for Economic Education
Economics Resources for K-12 Teachers
Economic Education: EcEdWeb Home
FRBSF: Economics Education


Idea Central - Health Policy 
World Health Organization WWW Home Page 
The World Health Organization SEARO 
JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association
Before I Die: Videotapes


The Urban Institute: Welcome to the Urban Institute (The Urban Institute Homepage)
School of Urban Planning and Development (SUPD) Web


Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
TaxSites - Public Articles, Form 1040


Fedstats: One Stop Shopping Federal Statistics
Statistical Abstract of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau Home Page
Bureau of Labor Statistics


Why Study Economics - with links to career data
Resources for Economists on the Internet
Welcome to Consumer Reports® Online
Institute for Research on Poverty
International Monetary Fund, IMF Home Page.
JSTOR: American Economic Review
American Economic Association Directory of Members
Standardized Test Preparation site (GRE, LSAT, etc.)