Örn B. Bodvarsson is Dean of the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business and Professor of Economics at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining Westminster College, Bodvarsson as Dean of the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Economics at California State University, Sacramento, and Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Economics at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During 2001-05, Bodvarsson took an extended leave from St. Cloud State University to serve as a Visiting Professor of Economics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught and collaborated on research. Bodvarsson earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1979)from Oregon State University, majoring in Economics, a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics (1982) from Oregon State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1986) from Simon Fraser University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between compensation and the costs of employer verification of worker output under different contractual regimes.
Bodvarsson’s early research focused on discrimination in labor markets, wage determination under uncertainty and the economics of gratuities. On these topics, he has published papers in such journals as Labour Economics, Economic Inquiry, Contemporary Economic Policy, Public Finance Review, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, American Journal of Economics and Sociology and Journal of Socio-Economics.
Since 2001, Bodvarsson’s primary area of research has been immigration, with an emphasis on the distributional effects of immigration and the determinants of internal and external migration. He has also studied the political market for immigration restrictions, internal migration in China, immigrant/native pay differences, the sensitivity of migration to quantitative restrictions, and Congressional voting on restrictions. Bodvarsson has published this work in Research in Labor Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, and other journals. In 2009, Springer published the first edition of his book, coauthored with Hendrik Van den Berg, The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy, with a second edition published in 2014. Bodvarsson, Nicole Simpson, and Chad Sparber, published a chapter on the theory of international migration that is part of a Handbook on the Economics of International Migration, edited by Barry Chiswick and the late Paul Miller, published in 2014 by Elsevier. Since entering university administration, Bodvarsson has also been interested in the causes and consequences of changes in the structure of higher education, in particular schools of business and economics.
In addition to his research activities, Bodvarsson founded and directed the Master of Science in Applied Economics degree program at SCSU, is a past president of the Western Social Science and Minnesota Economic Associations, and served twice as a Vice President and Board Director of the Chinese Economists Society.. Örn Bodvarsson has received numerous awards for his teaching at SCSU, the University of Nebraska and other universities. He has been an IZA Research Fellow since January 2007.