Dennis J. Aigner, PhD

Dennis Aigner

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California Irvine
Location: Irvine, California, United States

Dennis J. Aigner, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics and statistics.

Dr. Aigner is Professor Emeritus of Economics in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, with a storied career in postsecondary education and administration lasting over four decades. An expert in econometrics, economics, and environmental management, Dr. Aigner is renowned as a speaker, researcher, and consultant in addition to his work for the University of California, and has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a multiple grantee of the National Science Foundation. He has also been a grantee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the University of California UC-Mexus Program, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He began his career as a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, completing coursework in engineering and mathematics. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics in 1959 from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Aigner remained at UC Berkeley for postgraduate study in the early 1960s, earning a Master of Arts in applied statistics in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy in agricultural economics the following year.

He was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois from 1962 until 1967, when he joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rising from associate professor to professor of Economics over the next ten years. Dr. Aigner moved to the University of Southern California in 1976 as professor and Chair of the Department of Economics. He was Dean of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine from 1988 through 1997, and was appointed as Associate Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998, serving as Dean from 2000 until 2005. Dr. Aigner then returned to teach at the Paul Merage School of Business until he was granted emeritus status in 2007.

Dr. Aigner has organized workshops and served in advisory roles for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the National Research Council, and the USDA’s Economic Research Service, among many others. As a noted expert in his field, he is often called in as an expert witness on statistical and economic matters and has been an invited visiting professor at international institutions such as the University of Geneva, the University of Sydney, and the University of Amsterdam. Extensively published, his most recent work includes “The Effects of Organizational Traits on NGO-Business Engagement in Mexico” in 2020.

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