Brian Dombeck

Assistant Professor of Economics

John R. Howard 327, MSC: 40

Brian joined the economics department in 2017 after receiving his PhD in economics from the University of Oregon. He is a macroeconomist and specializes in examining the role assumptions regarding expectations and information play in explaining macroeconomic fluctuations through the lens of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models (DSGE). His dissertation focused on the theoretic, qualitative, and quantitative impact interaction between news shocks and bounded rationality could have in real business cycle (RBC) type models.

He is currently exploring the frontiers of quantitative model evaluation under bounded rationality in workhorse structural macroeconomic models as well as expectations-related explanations for the purchasing power parity puzzle of International Finance.


Applied Structural Macroeconomics; Information and Expectations; Bounded Rationality; Bayesian macroeconometrics

Academic Credentials

PhD Economics, University of Oregon, 2017
M.S. Economics, University of Oregon, 2013
BS Economics, Louisiana State University, 2012


ECON 100: Principles of Economics

ECON 103: Statistics

ECON 298: Economic Crises and Financial Contagions

ECON 302: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

ECON 314: International Finance


Peer-reviewed Publications

On the Expectational Stability of Rational Expectations Equilibria in News-shock DSGE Models” Macroeconomic Dynamics, 1-25. DOI:

Working Papers

“Learning vs News: What Drives Business Cycles?” [PDF]

“Learning to Optimize with News Shocks” [PDF]

Professional Experience

  • 2017 - present: Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College, Department of Economics
  • 2012-2017: Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Department of Economics