Staff Directory


Edward M. Feasel, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chief Academic Officer

Dean of Faculty

Professor of Economics

Phone: 949-480-4133

Fax: 949-480-4263


Academic Administration - Undergraduate Program Staff

Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
  • B.A., Yale University

Positions Held

  • 2015-present, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty,and Professor of Economics, Soka University of America (SUA), Aliso Viejo, CA
  • 2005-2015, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Economics: SUA, Aliso Viejo, CA
  • 1998-2005, Dean of Students and Professor of Economics: SUA, Aliso Viejo, CA
  • 1996-1998, Research Fellow: Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997, Visiting Assistant Professor: Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • 1994-1996, Assistant Professor:Department of Economics, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 1993-1994, Instructor: Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • 1992, Lecturer: Department of Economics, Central European University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1991, Lecturer: Department of Economics, University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Research Interests

  • Foreign aid, international trade and foreign direct investment (determinants and impacts of)
  • Economic outcomes and societal values
  • Regional economic issues - Orange County Economy
  • Economic growth; effects of monetary and fiscal policy

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits


  • Exports, Trade Policy and Economic Development. Routledge, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Understanding TPP’s Significance for the Pacific Basin”, in The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, eds. Shane J. Barter and Michael Weiner, Routledge, 2017.
  • On the Relative Importance of Demand and Supply Shocks: a Panel VAR Study for US States”, with Padmapriya Gollapudi & Daiki Kumazawa. Applied Economics Letters, Jan. 2017. 
  • Japan’s Aid: Lessons for Economic Growth, Development and Political Economy. Routledge, 2015.
  • “Sentiment toward Trading Partners and International Trade” with Nobuyuki Kanazawa, Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 39, 2013.
  • “Understanding Subjective Well-Being across Countries: Economic, Cultural, and Institutional Factors”, International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 5(1), 2013.
  • “Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Conflict: A Case Study on Japanese ODA to Vietnam”, in Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia, eds. William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • “Understanding Attitudes toward Globalization at the Individual and National Level”, with Diya Mazumder, International Journal of Business, Humanities andTechnology, Vol. 2, No. 1, January, 2012.
  • “The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from a Panel VAR Using Short and Long-run Restrictions”, International Journal on GSTF Business Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, October, 2011.
  • “Understanding Unemployment across California Counties”, with Mark Rodini, Economic Inquiry, Vol. 40, 2002
  • “A VAR Approach to Growth Empirics: Korea”, with Yongbeom Kim, Ministry of Finance, Seoul ,South Korea and Stephen Smith, George Washington University, Review of Development Economics, October, 2001
  • "Explaining Industry Labor Productivity Movements", Economic Inquiry, October, 1998
  • “Recession and Recovery In California: 1990-1996”, Public Policy Institute of California, Background Report, 1998


  • “Japan must give peace a new chance”, Asia Times Online, November 4, 2014
  • “A Report on the South Orange County Economy”, published by Coastal Chamber Legislative Coalition, 2006
  • “Economic Impact: A Report of the Impact of Soka University of America on the Local Economy”, joint with Nobumasa Hiroi and Humroy Lopez, a report partially funded by the Community Relations Department, Soka University of America, 2004
  • Too Little, Too Late: Interest Rate Cuts, Stimulus Package Just Frosting on Cake When Economy Recovers”, The Orange County Register, December 18, 2001
  • “Of Economic Interest: Federal Reserve Committee Should Act Quickly to End Interest Rate Yo-Yo Effect”, The Orange County Register, March 19, 2001
  • “Challenges of Growth: International Trade Makes California World’s Sixth Largest Economy”, The Orange County Register, October 24, 2000
  • “Rating the Fed: It’ll Fail the Country If It Continues to Force Interest Rates Higher”, The Orange County Register, June 23, 2000
  • “The ‘New Economy: Californians Will Remain in the Forefront as New Technologies Emerge’”, The Orange County Register, April 20, 2000
  • “Immigrants and the Economy: Non-native Workers in California Help Keep State’s Economy Robust”, The Orange County Register, August 2, 1999
  • "A Strong California Economy: Rest of US Took Up Slack When Asian Markets Hit by Depression", The Orange County Register, May 26, 1999
  • "Productivity vs. Inflation? It’s Possible for us to have Our Economic Cake and Eat It, Too", The Orange County Register, May 13, 1999


  • “Regional Trade Agreements and Their Impact on Exports in Japan, Korea and Singapore”, Western Economic Association International Biennial Pacific Rim Conference, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, March, January 7-10, 2016.
  • “The Role of Exports in the East Asian Miracle”, Asia Pacific Economic Association, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, July 11-12, 2014.
  • “Korea’s Economic Development: The Importance of Demand, Supply and Export Shocks”, Korea and the World Economy XIII Conference, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, June 21-22, 2014.
  • “On the Economic Effects of Japanese Official Development Assistance”, Western Economic Association International Biennial Pacific Rim Conference, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, March, 2013.
  • “Understanding Subjective Well-Being across Countries: Economic, Cultural, and Institutional Factors”, Center for Economic Research on Economic Tendency Surveys (CIRET) Conference, Austrian Economic Chamber, Vienna, Austria, September, 2012.
  • “Economic Ties and Their Influence on Perceptions of Foreign Governments: Evidence from International Survey Data”, Asia Pacific Economic Association, Singapore, June, 2012.
  • “The Effects of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from a Panel VAR”, Micro and Macro Economics GSTF Conference, Singapore, July, 2011.
  • “Who Cares About Globalization”, Global Studies Conference, Pusan, South Korea, June, 2010.
  • “Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Conflict: A Case Study on Japanese ODA to Vietnam”, Pacific Basin Research Center Workshop on Economic Development Strategies and Inter-Group Conflict, Soka University of America, Orange County, June, 2009.
  • “Economic Update and Forecast for South Orange County”, 2 year project to develop an update and forecast publication and presentation for the South Orange County area, moderated by Supervisor Tom Wilson, sponsored by the Coastal Chamber Legislative Coalition (Consortium of local chamber of commerce groups), Surf and Sands Resort, Orange County, California, 2006.
  • “Understanding Productivity Effects Across Industries”, Invited presentation at the Asian Development Bank, January, Manilla, Philippines, 2004
  • “Orange Country Economic Update and Projections: Where Will the Jobs Be?”, Orange County Career Link: Vision 20/20, professional development conference for high school career educators, counselors, and  career professionals throughout Orange County, sponsored by Orange Coast College, February, 2003
  • “2002 Forecast for the US and Orange County Economies”, at the Economic Update 2002, annual conference sponsored by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Marriot Hotel, January, 2002
  • “The State of the California and Orange County Economy” to California Staffing Professionals, Quarterly Membership Meeting, Irvine, Hyatt Hotel, California, October, 2001
  • “A VAR Approach to Growth Empirics: Korea”, Economic Development Conference, Kennedy School, 1999, Cambridge; Western Economic Association Meetings, San Diego, 1999
  • “Recession and Recovery in California: 1990-1996”, Advisory Council and Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, 1997
  • "Explaining Industry Labor Productivity Movements”, Western Economic Association Meetings, San Francisco, 1996, University of California at Davis, Department of Economics, Davis, 1996 
  • "Industry Productivity, Price, and Wage Dynamics for the United States and Other G7 Countries”, Western Economic Association Meetings, San Diego, 1995
  • "The Effects of Aggregate Demand, Labor Supply, and Aggregate Supply Shocks Across 13 OECD Countries", Eastern Economic Association Meetings, New York, 1994
  • "Aggregate Demand and Economic Growth: A Paper in the Spirit of Harrod and Domar", University of Maryland, Department of Economics, 1994


  • American Economic Review, Applied Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Systems, Eastern Economic Journal, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Policy Sciences Review, Prentice Hall (textbook), The Social Science Journal, Social Science Quarterly


Courses Taught at SUA

  • Financial Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Econometrics
  • International Economics

Selected Honors & Awards

  • American Council on Education (ACE) Institute for New Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) class of 2017-2018
  • Best Conference Paper, Micro and Macro Economics GSTF Conference, Singapore, 2011
  • Soka Gakkai Award, Daisaku Ikeda Medal, 2007
  • Luis and Linda Nieves Family Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees, 2007-present 
  • Soka Education Award, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley,1992
  • Graduate Minority Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1989
  • Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 1988
  • Dupey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Yale University, 1988
  • Magna Cum Laude, Yale University, 1988


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