Warren Bruce Palmer Profile

Warren Bruce Palmer (Ph.D., M.A. University of Wisconsin; B.A. University of Montana) is the Elbert H. Neese, Jr. Professor of Economics at Beloit College, and previously served as the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurship at Beloit College, where he has been teaching since 1992. He has taught Principles of Economics, Financial Accounting, Business Finance, The Chinese Economy and Economic Reform, Energy and Environmental Economics and The Life and Financial Planning Workshop. He also has been a faculty member of the Environmental Studies major and of the Asian Studies program, previously serving as the chair of Asian Studies.

His course, The Life and Financial Planning Workshop, is designed to help students identify the key financial decisions they will face following graduation, to help them learn the analytical tools to make wealth- and life-enhancing decisions and to help them recognize the potential entrepreneurial opportunities in choosing their life and career paths.

He is now leading The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations: The Miller Upton Forum, which focuses this year on the many contributions Deirdre McCloskey has made to our understanding of the modern economic world and the extraordinary growth in the wealth and well-being of nations in the past 200 years.

The theme of the 2015 Miller Upton Forum was "Entrepeneurship and the Chinese Economy", featuring MIT's Yasheng Huang as the 2015 Miller Upton Scholar.  Professor Huang, founder of China Lab and India Lab, two entrepreneur programs at MIT's Sloan School of Business, was joined by ten other speakers during his residency, November 3-6, 2015, including TCU Coleman Fellow Carrie Currier. The four day program featured three panel discussions: (click on links for videos)   "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Entrepreneurship in China", "Beloit College Alumni and Entrepreneurship in China", "The Ideas and Influence of Yasheng Huang", and cuminated with Prof. Huang's keynote address on Friday, 11/6 at 7pm.

The theme of the 2014 Miller Upton Forum was "Economic Policy and the Challenges of Climate Change," and featured 2014 Miller Upton Scholar  Robert N. Stavins, one of the world's top experts on cost-effectively addressing environmental externalities using market methods. The 2014 program brought eleven additional speakers to campus and included two entrepreneur-themed panel discussions: "Energy Efficiency, Climate Change and Entrepreneurship" and "Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Entrepreneurship"

A late entrant into academia, Professor Palmer has driven school buses and dump trucks, worked in an oil refinery, owned a print shop, and worked as a publications consultant; he and his spouse designed and built their own home in the mountains outside of Missoula, Montana. They have engaged in various small business ventures continuously since 1975.