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William M. Boal, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Professor Boal holds a B.A. in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.  He has taught at Stanford, Ohio State University, Iowa State University, and since 1995 at Drake University.  In recent years he has taught undergraduate courses in microeconomic theory, regulation and antitrust, labor economics, and econometrics.  His non-academic experience includes two years at Pacific Bell Corporation and two years at the World Bank.

Professor Boal’s research area is labor economics, focusing on coal mining in the early twentieth century (see wmboal.com/research).

A native of the East Coast, he loves Des Moines, but has given up ever being able to pronounce “Keokuk.”  In his spare time, he sings bass in the Drake University/Community Chorus.

Contact Information

Email: william.boal@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3129
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall

Education

  • Ph.D. Economics, Stanford University
  • B.A. Mathematics-Economics, Wesleyan University

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor Economics
CBPA News
July 8, 2018
Robert D. Ray, BN'52, LW'54, died on July 8. Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999.