Seidman College of BusinessDepartment of Economics


Associate Professor of Economics - Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

Ph.D. in Economics - University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (UIUC), 2005


Contact Information

Office Address: 50 Front Ave. SW, 3052 LW Seidman Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA

Office Phone #: (616)331-7234

Department web page: http://www.gvsu.edu/economics


Academic Fields

Research: Urban Economics, Public Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Teaching: Urban and Real Estate Economics, Microeconomics, Business Economics


Courses taught

Undergraduate level (at GVSU):

·    Introductory Microeconomics, since 2005

·    Intermediate Microeconomics, since 2006

·    Urban Economics/Real Estate Economics, since 2005


MBA level (at GVSU):

·    Introductory Economics, since 2010

·    Managerial Economics (Strategy), since 2014



See publication page at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Laudo_Ogura


Working Projects

·         NPOs

·         Informal sector

·         Housing regulations

·         Regional growth

·         Fiscal competition

·         Urban crime

·         Drug war

·         Housing


Other Non-Published Research Works

·         Three Essays in Urban and Public Economics

Ph.D. Dissertation. Champaign, IL, USA: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2005

·         Ciclos Eleitorais: Uma Aplicação Para a Economia Brasileira - Electoral Cycles in the Brazilian Economy (in Portuguese)

Master Dissertation. Brasilia, DF, Brazil: University of Brasilia, 2000

·         An empirical evaluation of the political business cycles models for the Brazilian economy – 1980~1999

ABSTRACT:  This paper tests the "opportunistic" political business cycle models against a broad range of stylised facts for the Brazilian economy. I study the period spaning from 1980 to 1999, which encompasses the recent return to a democratic regime. The results show evidence in favour of the models in several aspects.

This article was presented in the Brazilian Annual Economic Meeting (ANPEC), Brazil, 12/1999 and was published in the meeting’s Proceedings [conference version in Portuguese]. The article is a preliminary version of the empirical work of the author’s Master degree dissertation, 6/2000. Further work is needed for reliable results (there are more recent works on the same subject by other authors). A draft English version (2000) can be found here (but it is not well translated).

·         Financiamento da Atividade Agrícola no Brasil - Agriculture Financing in Brazil (in Portuguese)

Economics Undergraduate Monography, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil: University of Sao Paulo, 1996


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