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Vange OcasioVange Ocasio

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4213
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall 310 F

Dr. Ocasio received her B.A. from Binghamton University in New York.  Prior to attending graduate school, she worked at OFFITBANK, a wealth management firm in New York City.  She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University. Dr. Ocasio’s doctoral training includes specializations in International Trade and Economic Development. Her main research focus is in the area of economic and environmental sustainability. Her recent research endeavors include the study of credit in pre-capitalist societies and the role of sustainability in economic growth. Dr. Ocasio joined the faculty at Whitworth University’s School of Business in the fall of 2011.  She established and is the faculty advisor for Whitworth’s chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics.


  • Ph.D., M.A. Colorado State University
  • M.A. Colorado State University
  • B.A. Binghamton University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Applied microeconomics, economic development, rural finance, environmental economics, sustainability, international trade, financial economics, fluent in Spanish

Professional history:


Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Presentations include:

“The Role of Microfinance and Remittances in Economic Development: The Case of Poor Households in Rural Bangladesh,” Western Economic Association Meetings (2013), Seattle, Washington. "The Economic Impact of Microcredit on Poor Households,” Western Economic Association Meetings (2013), Seattle, Washington. "The Economic Impact of Microcredit on Poor Households: A Study of Flagship Microfinance Programs in Bangladesh," at the Economics Seminar Series, the University of Denver (2010) and the annual AEA/ASSA Meetings, Atlanta (2010); "Optimal Portfolio Investment and Social Security," at the Western Social Science Assocation, Phoenix (2006).

Awards and recognitions:

Received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from Colorado State University (2007).

Member of the American Economic Association, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, the American Society of Hispanic Economists, the Committee of the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, the Financial Management Association, and the Southern Economic Association.

Awarded a $10k In-Absentia Fellowship at the American Institute for Economic Research and a $5k Roy Anderson Foulke Graduate Scholarship and a Dissertation Fellowship at Loyola University Maryland.