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Douglas Puffert

Douglas Puffert

Associate Professor of Economics and Business

B.A. University of Washington
Dipl.C.S. Regent College (Vancouver)
Ph.D. Stanford University


Douglas Puffert joined the Gordon faculty in 2013 after teaching at the Universities of Munich, Berlin (Humboldt), and Warwick, and most recently at The King’s College (New York). Early in his career, he consulted for the World Bank on social security in less developed countries, and he worked six years for the U.S. International Trade Commission in researching the effects of technological change on the international competitive position of American industry. More broadly, he is an expert on the economics of technological change, both historical and contemporary. Much of his research has been on the economic coordinating role of technical standards. Since student days he has pursued a strong interest in theological social ethics, particularly in relation to economics. Professor Puffert has been invited to speak at conferences in nine countries, and he has been invited to write articles for leading reference works.

Selected Recent Research
Tracks Across Continents, Paths Through History: The Economic Dynamics of Standardization in Railway Gauge, University of Chicago Press, 2009. 

“Path Dependence in Spatial Networks: The Standardization of Railway Track Gauge,” Explorations in Economic History, 39 (July 2002): 282-314. 

“The Standardization of Track Gauge on North American Railways, 1830-1890,” Journal of Economic History, Dec. 2000. 

“Path Dependence in Technological Change”, New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2008 

“Path Dependence,” in R. Whaples, ed., EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History, 2003. 

Review of Paul T. Heyne, “Are Economists Basically Immoral?” and Other Essays on Economics, Ethics, and Religion, in Faith and Economics, 54 (Fall 2009): 119-23. 

Review of Nils Brunsson, Bengt Jacobssen, and Associates, A World of Standards, in Journal of Economic Literature, 43 (June 2005): 521-22. 

Review of Doug Bandow and David L. Schindler, eds., Wealth, Poverty and Human Destiny, in Faith and Economics, 44 (Fall 2004): 45-57.

Association of Christian Economists
Economic History Association
Economic History Society