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Dan Vidal is an accomplished academic with a wealth of experience in the field of economics, particularly focused on economic history, social mobility, economics for business, and economics and business education. Born in Spain and now a permanent resident of the United States, Dr. Vidal completed his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Davis, in 2014, after obtaining his M.A. in Applied Economics from San Diego State University in 2003 and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from the University of Michigan in 2000.

His research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, including economic history, business history, economics education, and higher education, while his teaching interests cover a wide range of economics subjects, from macroeconomics and microeconomics to more niche areas like economics for business, labor economics, and the use of multimedia tools like film and video games in teaching economics.

Dr. Diaz Vidal has contributed significantly to the field through numerous publications, including journal articles on innovative teaching methods and historical economic analysis, as well as co-authoring the award-winning book "The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility."

He has also been actively engaged in presenting his research at various academic conferences and has developed several online economics courses. His professional experience extends beyond academia, with roles in financial management and marketing consulting, and he has been recognized with several awards for his scholarly contributions and teaching excellence.
  • University of California Davis, Ph.D. Economics, September 2014
  • San Diego State University, M.A. Applied Economics, 2003
  • University of Michigan, B.A. Economics, with Honors, 2000

Economic History, Social Mobility, Business History, Economics Education, Higher Education Institutional Research, Labor Economics

  • “Improving long-term retention: promoting distributed practice in an introductory economics course”, Advances in Economics Education, Vol. 2 No. 1, Spring 2023, pp. 70–83
  • “Enhancing Entrepreneurial Competencies Through Intentionally-Designed Podcasts” with Thomas Pittz, Giles Hertz and Rebecca White. The International Journal of Management Education, The International Journal of Management Education, 2021
  • “Using Podcasts to Teach the New Generations about Supply and Demand” with Michael Coon at Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 2021, Volume 21, Issue 2, 2021
  • “Macroeconomic Podcasts: Teaching the Internet Generation.” International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education Vol. 11 no. 4, pp. 375-390, 2020
  • “Historical Social Stratification and Mobility in Costa Rica, 1840-2006” Economic History Review, Volume74, Issue3, August 2021; Published online, October 2020
  • “The new era of teaching: using video games to teach macroeconomics” Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Volume 20, Issue 13, 2020
  • “Economics Through Film: Thinking Like an Economist” with Kyle Mundegast and Jesus Diaz Vidal in International Review of Economics Education, Volume 35, November 2020, Paper number 100186
  • "Educating Beyond the Classroom: Alumni Giving and the Value of Campus Culture” with Thomas Pittz, Studies in Higher Education, Volume 44, 2019, Issue 12, (online in July of 2018)
  • “Surnames: A new source for the history of social mobility” with Gregory Clark, Neil Cummins and Yu Hao Ma, Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 55, January 2015, Pages 3-24
  • “Chile: Mobility among the Oligarchs,” in Gregory Clark, Daniel Diaz Vidal, et al. The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility, Princeton University Press, 2015
    This book won the Gyorgy Ranki Biennial Award.

  • "Historical Social Stratification and Mobility in Costa Rica, 1840-2006". University of Tampa, Sykes College of Business Research Day. March 2021
  • "Podcast Pedagogy: Using Podcasts to Teach Entrepreneurial Competencies", Daniel Diaz Vidal, USASBE. January 2021
  • "Improving student metacognition by promoting self-assessment in economics courses" Istanbul International Academic Conference on Business & Economics. 2020
  • "The New Era of Teaching: Using Video Games to Teach Macroeconomics". Cappadocia International Academic Conference on Business & Economics. 2020
  • “Economics Through Film: Teaching as Inquiry”. IABE-2020 West Palm Beach. 2020
  • “Educating beyond the classroom: Alumni Giving and the Value of Campus Culture.” University of Tampa, College of Business Research Day. 2019
  • “A surname Analysis of Social Mobility Rates in Costa Rica: 1855-1955.” Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. October 2018. 
  • “Analyzing the impact of college life on Alumni Giving.” Brown Bag presentation, John Sykes College of Business, University of Tampa. 2017
  • “Transatlantic Migrations during the times of the Pax Britannica” in “Migrations, Remittances, and Development” Southern Economic Association 87th annual meeting in Tampa, Florida. November 19, 2017
  • “SoTL Influences and Spaced Learning in Economics, an Empirical Checkmark” October 14th, at ISSOTL 2017. 
  • “How strong is Assortative Mating? A Surname Analysis" 7-27-2017, Economic History Clio Lab 2017, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. 
  • “Social Mobility and Assortative Mating in Chile and Costa Rica” 3-31-2017, Food and Resource Economics departmental seminar series. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl.