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lance wescher
By Appointment

Lance Wescher

Professor of Economics

Department Chair

Economics and Community Development

On Faculty Since 2006

Curriculum Vitae

Economics at Covenant College opens the door to a great number of different fields. We have alums who are federal judges, business consultants, financial managers, lawyers, missionaries, real-estate developers, marketing managers, portfolio analysts and economists, among other things. They are finding tremendous levels of success and impacting their communities.

As a professor, I encourage my students to study the discipline seriously, question rigorously, refuse to accept simplistic answers, accept tension between ideas, work collaboratively towards finding solutions, and seek wisdom as the end goal. I'm fortunate to get to see the amazing things that our graduates go on to do with the way of thinking that they develop in our program.


  • PhD University of Notre Dame
  • MA University of Notre Dame
  • BA Wheaton College

Interests / Specialization

  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty in the United States
  • History of Economic Thought

Selected Professional Work

  • "Christian Stewardship in the World of ESG" presented at Economics for the Common Good: The Work of Christian Economists
  • “Minimum Wages, Employment and College Enrollment” in The American Economist
  • “An Empirical Assessment of the Effects of Cohort Training and Follow-Up on the Outcomes of Short-Term Missions” in The Journal of Sociology and Christianity

Get to know your professor

Q. If you could compete in an olympic sport, what would it be and why?
A. Basketball.  It's my favorite sport to play.  I'm certainly not good enough to play at that level, but it would be a great experience.

Q. Favorite movie?
A. Moneyball

Q. Favorite food?
A. Good pizza, or anything spicy.

Q. If you could teach any other major, what would it be?
A. Philosophy.  It was one of my other majors.  I never found it as practical as Economics, but it provided me valuable insights into how to view the world. In may ways, economics is applied philosophy.