Erick Eschker has been Director of the Humboldt Economic Index since 2003. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California , Davis.
He joined the Economics Department at Humboldt State University in
1998 and served as Chair of the Department 2003-2004 and 2006-2010.
In spring 2004 Professor Eschker was awarded a Humboldt State University President McCrone
Promising Faculty Scholars Award. He spent a
sabbatical at the Center
for Population Economics
at the University of Chicago and
spent a year as a research economist at the American Medical
Association. He has published in journals such as Applied
Economics and Public Budgeting and Finance and has given papers at the
Western Economic Association Annual Meetings and the Federal Reserve
Bank of Chicago. Dr. Eschker has given dozens of public
lectures and media interviews regarding the local economy.
His regional economic research includes real estate, the local gasoline
market, and rural entrepreneurship. He recently visited Plymouth
State Univeristy to help create a similar Index for rural New
You can view his website and