Roger W Sparks

Roger Sparks
Professor of Economics
Economics Department Chair
GSB 231

Professional Interests: Applied microeconomics, finance, climate change

Curriculum Vitae


At Mills Since 1989


Roger Sparks earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis and has been at Mills since 1989. He has more than 20 research papers in economics journals, has refereed many paper submissions to economics journals, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation. His research applies game theory and the economics of information to a variety of topics, including the theory of unemployment, efficiency wages, employee stock offerings, cyclical changes in labor productivity, the determination of mortgage rates, mortgage securitization, environmental policy, utility regulation, psychiatric decision-making, the energy paradox, and the price impacts of low-carbon fuel standards. This research agenda has allowed him to incorporate into his teaching first-hand knowledge about a variety of topics and techniques of analysis, which in turn has enhanced his students’ curiosity and learning.


  • BA, University of California, Riverside
  • PhD, University of California, Davis

Faculty Office Hours, Spring 2020

Days Times Room
T 11:00 am–1:30 pm GSB 231

Spring 2021 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
MW9:00 am-10:40 amCorporate FinanceGSB 125
MW11:00 am-12:15 pmEnvironmental EconomicsGSB 125

Courses Taught

  • ECON 116: Corporate Finance
  • ECON 136: Managerial Economics
  • ECON 149: Strategic Behavior
  • ECON 153: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 175: Mathematical Modeling in Economics
  • ECON 180A: Mathematical Modeling in Economics
  • ECON 180J: Mathematics for Economics
  • ECON 187: Internship in Business Economics
  • ECON 249: Strategic Behavior
  • ECON 250: Thesis for Masters in Applied Economics
  • ECON 275: Mathematical Modeling in Economics
  • ECON 277: TP: Corporate Finance
  • ECON 280A: Mathematical Modeling in Economics
  • MGMT 216: Corporate Finance I
  • MGMT 253: Environmental Economics