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Schaeffer, Peter

Interim Division Director of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
Professor of Resource Economics and Management
Adjunct Professor of Economics
Faculty Research Associate, Regional Research Institute

Dr. Peter V. Schaeffer is the Interim Division Director of Animal Nutritional Sciences, Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and Management, Adjunct Professor of Economics, and Faculty Research Associate at the Regional Research Institute. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Colorado at Denver, as a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, visiting scholar at the ILO (International Labour Organisation) in Geneva, and faculty research associate at the Institute of Behavioral Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has over 18 years of experience in academic administration at West Virginia University and the University of Colorado. He has consulted on regional economic development in North America, Europe, and the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Schaeffer is a past treasurer of RSAI (Regional Science Association International, 1987-97), past chair of NARSC (North American Regional Science Council, 2005) and was president of SRSA (Southern Regional Science Association, 2008–9). He currently serves on the editorial boards of seven journals in urban and regional planning, regional science, the social sciences, and applied economics and as editor of the section on energy economics and policy for the journal Energies. In 2008 he received the William H. Miernyk Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement from the Regional Research Institute, in 2016 he was recognized by the SRSA with the William A. Schaffer Award for Outstanding Service to Regional Science, and in 2018 he was made an SRSA Distinguished Fellow. WVU named him a Benedum Outstanding Scholar in 2019.

Dr. Schaeffer earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Southern California and the licentiate in economics (M.A. equivalent) from the University of Zurich. His research interests are economic policy, particularly (1) regional and rural economics and development; (2) international labor migration and domestic job mobility; and (3) natural resource management issues related to amenities, planning, and energy, and their implications for economic development. He is also interested in economic philosophy and the development of economic thought.

Select Publications

  1. PV Schaeffer. Data Sources for the Policy Sciences, 12 pages. There is no completion date because the document is changed as new information is found. It can be downloaded at
  2. T Wasihun, PV Schaeffer, TG Gebremedhin, 2019. “Analysis of the Role of Commercial Real Estate in the Economic Development of the Northeastern United States.” American Journal of Industrial and Business Management 9(5, May)
  3. PV Schaeffer, 2019. “A Note on the Tinbergen Principle.” Presented at the Annual Southern Regional Science Association Meetings, Washington, DC, April 4-6; most recent version is co-authored with Kevin Willardsen
  4. PV Schaeffer, 2018. “The Rules of the Game.” Fellows Address, Review of Regional Studies, 48(3): 271-277
  5. M Murray, P Schaeffer, 2018. Human Capital and the CIE. Part 5 of: An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem. 83 pp. Appalachian Regional Commission,
  6. PV Schaeffer, RW Jackson, E Bowen, 2018. “Implicit Regional Economic Goals and Objectives: A Study of US Development Programs.” Regional Research Institute Working Paper 2018-06,
  7. RW Jackson, PV Schaeffer, editors, 2017. Regional Research Frontiers: The Next 50 Years. Volumes 1 (Innovations, Regional Growth and Migration) and 2 (Methodological Advances, Regional Systems Modeling and Open Sciences). Advances in Spatial Science series, Springer Verlag
  8. PV Schaeffer, 2017. “Directions in Migration Research.” Chapter 18 in RW Jackson, PV Schaeffer, editors, Regional Research Frontiers: The Next 50 Years. Vol. I: 299-316
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