Wade Litt

Wade Litt

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice
Dept/Program: Economics
Office: CBA 311
Phone: 330-972-7548
Fax: 330-972-5356
Email: wlitt@uakron.edu
Website: http://www.wadelitt.com
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Professional Experience

University of Akron, College of Business
  • August 2016 – Present, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
The Ohio State University
  • August 2014 – Present, Ph.D. Student and Graduate Associate
  • Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
Park national Bank
  • Risk analytics and modeling. Stress testing. Regional and Market Research
  • December 2011 – Present, Enterprise Risk Analyst, presently on an ad-hoc project basis
  • September – December 2011, Management Associate Program

International Education

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)
  • Summer 2016 – L'Aquila, Italy
  • Visiting Scholar, Regional Economics
CEVRO Institute
  • Summer 2014 – Prague, Czech Republic
  • International Summer School on Classical Liberalism in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics
The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
  • Summer 2010 – Dublin, Ireland
  • Global Summer Fellowship. MBA curriculum
Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (Deggendorf Institute of Technology)
  • Spring 2009 – Deggendorf, Germany
  • Semester Abroad. International Management Curriculum

Teaching Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Akron
  • Fall 2016, Fall 2017 – Introduction to Economics
  • Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017 – Principles of Microeconomics (8 sections in total)
  • Spring 2017 Intermediate macroeconomics
Teaching Assistant, Ohio University
  • Spring 2014 – Energy Economics
  • Fall 2013 – Economics of the Environment

Spring 2012, Summer 2012 – Professional Tutor, Central Ohio Technical College

  • Microeconomics
  • Calculus

Teaching Professional Development

Spring 2016 – Teaching Workshop on Active Learning, AEDE Graduate Teaching Fellows Program

Research Accomplishments

Research Interests

Regional Economics; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Human Capital; Lending and Financial Institutions

Selected Working Papers

  • “Industrial composition, employment, and the risk of credit exposure and delinquencies in U.S. states”
  • “Student debt and occupational choice: Entrepreneurship and start-up employment”
  • “Local labor market effects, industrial composition, and university enrollment”
  • “Separating rational herding among firms and spatial clustering of demand: A case in branch banking”

Additional Research Experience


  • Summer 2015 – Financial Services Consultant
  • Assessed profitability and market feasibility of maize storage and drying devices
  • Funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kenya: Nairobi, Eastern, and Rift Valley provinces

Summer 2014 – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Agua Salud Project

  • Field Volunteer
  • Water sampling for land-use research in the Panama Canal watershed
  • El Giral, Panama

August 2013 – May 2014, Ohio University

  • Research Assistant
  • Grant: “Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation”
  • Constructed a contingent valuation experiment and collaborated with Ohio University engineers assessing the value of algae-based, sustainable energy technology
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)


April 2017 – Organizer

  • RSAI 10th Annual Midwest Graduate Student Summit on Applied Economics & Regional Science
  • The Ohio State University

November 2016 – “Energy booms, the resource curse, and university enrollment”

  • Northeast Ohio Economics Workshop

“Separating rational herding among firms and spatial clustering of demand: A case in branch banking”

  • April 2016 – Applied Economics, Regional, and Urban Studies (AERUS). UIUC
  • March 2016 – Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) Conference. Washington, D.C.

“Oil and Gas Production: Consequences in Local Banking Loan and Deposit Portfolios”

  • February 2014 – International Student Union Research Symposium, Ohio University
  • April 2013 – Graduate Student Research Expo, Ohio University. Athens, OH

Research Workshops

RSAI-GSSI Summer School of Advanced Economic Geography

  • July 2017 – Gran Sasso Science Institute. Attendee and Presenter. L’Aquila, Italy

Public, Urban and Regional Economics Workshop: “The Impact of Public Policy on Local Economies”

  • February 2016 – Cleveland Federal Reserve. Discussant. Cleveland, OH

National Science Foundation Workshop: “Regional Food-Energy-Water Systems (FEWS)”

  • November 2015 – The Ohio State University. Volunteer. Columbus, OH


  • Ph.D. Student, Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics (AEDE), The Ohio State University. (2014 - present)
  • M.Sc., Agricultural, Environmental and Developmental Economics (AEDE), The Ohio State University. (2016)
  • M.A. Applied Economics, Ohio University. (2014)
  • B.A Economics, summa cum laude, Muskingum University. (2011)