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Main, Robert

Professor - Economics
College of Business


Holcomb Building - 255



Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Microeconomics; Public Sector Economics; Environmental Economics

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

  • Robert S. Main. "Subsidizing Non-Polluting Goods vs. Taxing Polluting Goods for Pollution Reduction." Atlantic
    Economic Journal, Vol.41, no. 4. December, 2013, pp. 349-362.
  • Robert S. Main and Peter Z. Grossman. "Optimal Enforcement of Uniform Pollution Standards When Marginal Pollution Damage Costs Differ Among Firms-The EPA's New CAFO Rules." Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, Vol. 14 (2010-2011). 
  • Robert S. Main. "Simple Pigovian Taxes vs. Emission Fees to Control Negative Externalities: A Pedagogical Note." The American Economist, Vol. 55, no 2 (Fall, 2010), pp. 104-110. 
  • William K. Templeton, Robert S. Main, and J.B. Orris. “An Investigation of Adjustable-rate Mortgage Pricing Features.” Financial Services Review, Vol. 11, no. 4 (Winter, 2002), pp. 367-379.
  • J. Patrick Meister and Robert S. Main. "A Rationale for Meeting Quotas Asymmetrically." The Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 30, no. 4 (December, 2002), pp. 380-384.
  • William K. Templeton, Robert S. Main, and J.B. Orris. “A Simulation Approach to the Choice Between Fixed and Adjustable Rate Mortgages.” Financial Services Review, Vol. 5, no. 2 (1996), pp. 101-117.
  • Robert S. Main and William K. Templeton. "NCAA Regulation of Non-Revenue Sports: Implications of a General Cartel Model." Midwestern Journal of Business and Economics, Spring, 1994.
  • Robert S. Main. "Socially Efficient Control of Carcinogen Emissions from Open Top Vapor Cleaners in Indiana." 1992 Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences Proceedings.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

  • Teaching undergraduate and pre-MBA economics courses.
  • Research in economics.

Personal Hobbies



  • A.B. Wabash College, 1966
  • Ph.D. UCLA, 1973

Association Memberships (professional/educational)

  • American Economic Association
  • Academy of Financial Services
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University, Hayward, 1971-1976
  • Associate Professor of Economics, California State University, Hayward, 1976-1981
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, 1990-1991.
  • Lingnan Visiting Scholar, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, January 2005-June 2005.