- Asst. Professor
- Department of Business & Economics
Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University
B.S. in Economics, Eastern Washington University
A.A., Spokane Community College
Education Markets and Policy, Industrial Organization, Public Policy, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics.
“Is it the visit or the scholarship? An analysis of a special campus visitation program,” with Robert Rosenman, Education Economics, 28(2), 179-195, 2020.
"How Much Does Merit Aid Actually Matter? Revisiting Merit Aid and College Enrollment When Some Students “Come Anyway,”" with Robert Rosenman, Research in Higher Education (2019) 60: 760.
Claryce Bohls Professorship in Economics, 2021-present
“Washington State University, School of Economic Sciences Seminar “How Much Does Merit Aid Actually Matter? Fall 2017.”
Western Economic Association, 91st Annual Conference “Product Differentiation on an Uncovered Hotelling City”, Summer 2016. Session Title: Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
Washington State University, School of Economic Sciences Seminar “Do Visitation Scholarship Programs Work?” Fall 2016.
Eastern Washington University, Economics Society “Product Differentiation on an Uncovered Hotelling City” Fall 2015.
Dr. Birch is a first-generation college student who joined TLU immediately after finishing his Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University in 2018. His primary research interests are in higher education and financial aid policy. Additional interests are spread throughout areas of Industrial Organization and Public Policy. He loves teaching almost anything with economic underpinnings, but especially enjoys topics that encourage debate and critical thinking concerning the role of government in the economy. He enjoys woodworking and loves making music. He is a happy husband and the father of four rowdy children. His family is everything to him.