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Gerry Simons

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3044 L. William Seidman Center


Field of Study


Dr. Gerry Simons received his Bachelor of Social Science in Money, Banking, and Finance from the University of Birmingham in his native England. He followed with his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Kansas, where he was an instructor in the economics department. His research and teaching interests are in International Economics and Economic Development.

Gerry Simons is a 2011 recipient of GVSU's Pew Teaching Excellence Award and a 1996 recipient of SCB's Outstanding Teacher Award. He is also a faculty advisor in the Seidman College of Business's International Business Program.


  • PH.D., Economics, University of Kansas. (1995).
  • M.A., Economics, University of Kansas. (1991).
  • B.Soc.Sci., Money, Banking and Finance, University of Birmingham, England. (1989).

Teaching Areas

  • International Economics
  • Emerging Markets


  • Bhattacharya, G., Simons, G. (2013). Predatory Government and the Informal Sector, International Journal of Education and Research, 1(2), 21. 
  • Simons, G., Isely, P. (2013). The Wind Energy Industry: R&D Funding and International Technological Diffusion, International Advances in Economic Research, 19(1), 77-78.
  • Sicilian, P., Simons, G., McKendall, M. (2012). Using Economics Courses to Teach and Assess Basic Information Literacy Skills, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 13, 90-104.
  • Simons, G. (2012). Inca Gold: Peru is Attractive Trade Partner for Michigan, Grand Rapids Business Journal, 30(7), 10.
  • Sun, W., Simons, G. (2011). Monetary Integration in East Asia: Evidence from Real Effective Exchange Rates, Review of International Economics, 19(5), 865-876. 


  • Seidman Business Review, Editor.
  • College Curriculum Committee, Chair.

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