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Jonathan Deming

Associate Professor of Economics

Phone: 206-281-2181
Office: McKenna Hall 203

Education: BA, Whitman College, 1971; MA, University of Oregon, 1975; PhD, University of Oregon, 1979. At SPU since 1977.

Jonathan Deming has been at Seattle Pacific University since 1977. He is one of the founding members of the School of Business and Economics. His research interests include urban economics; economics education; behavioral economics; and the economics of addiction and the theology of the "powers."

Dr. Deming’s real joy is in the classroom and the conversations he has with students. It was in the classrooms and conversations with his faculty mentors and their influence on his personal and academic development that he recognized a call to undergraduate education. 

Selected Publications

  • "Why is Heaven so Hard for the Rich? Insights From Quasi-Hyperbolic Discounting and Addiction Economics." Proceeding of the Christian Business Faculty Association. Ed. Julia Siemens. 2009. 16.
  • "Using Economics Experiments: Do Students Learn More?" Proceedings of the Teaching Economics Conference: Instruction and Classroom Based Research. Ed. Adora D. Holstein. 2009. 11.

Please view Dr. Deming's CV (PDF) for additional publications.

Jon Deming

Why I Teach at SPU

Jonathan Deming, Associate Professor of Economics

"I teach because I am called by God to do so. I teach at SPU because I can use my gift of teaching to help young people discover their gifts and become the people God intends them to be. I teach at SPU because I enjoy this ecumenical community of Christ that supports, encourages, and challenges me in scholarship, practice, and service."