Orn Bodvarsson, Ph.D


Full-Time Exec and FAC
Dean, Gore School of Business
Dean - Business


Phone: 801.832.2601

Email: obodvarsson@westminstercollege.edu


Ph.D. Simon Fraser University
M.S. Oregon State University
B.S. Oregon State University


Orn is an economist, specializing in labor markets and immigration. He holds BS and MS degrees in Economics from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Orn taught economics at a variety of institutions, including Whitman College, Western Washington University, University of Montana, Ball State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and St. Cloud State University. He has published in the areas of immigration, the economics of education, labor market contracts, and labor market discrimination. Since 2007, Orn has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. He is a former President of the Western Social Science Association and the Minnesota Economic Association, and twice served as Vice President and Board Member of the Chinese Economist Society. In 2011, Orn moved into academic administration, first serving as Founding Dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University and later as Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento. He was appointed Dean of the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College in Summer, 2018.


Outside of economics and business (especially the stock market), Orn's passions are his family and music. He is married with two sons and plays classical piano. Orn also enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, reading, and bicycling.

Areas of Expertise

Immigration, labor market issues (pay, contracts, racial, gender and nativity discrimination in labor markets, economic analysis of professional athlete salaries, economics of tipping, human capital, and higher education), university operations and how they relate to labor markets and the economy

Dr. Örn B. Bodvarsson