Teaching Interests

Research Interests

Educational Background


School of Business & Economics

Department of Economics & Statistics

Dang Tran
Professor of Economics & Statistics

Office: ST F903
Phone: (323) 343-2949
FAX: (323) 343-5462


With a Ph.D. (Economics) degree from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, I have been teaching at Utica College of Syracuse University and University of Baltimore before coming to California State University, Los Angeles in 1987. I have had extensive experience in both government and quasi-government institutions. I was Chief Economist for the Ministry of Planning and Development of South Vietnam and was Principal Economist for the Regional Planning Association, New York City. I enjoy teaching at CSULA with its unique diverse body of students. 


My teaching has been primarily in macroeconomics,monetary theory & policy, mathematical economics, economic & business forecasting, business statistics and quantitative methods. My future teaching interests could be development economics and development planning. I pursue objectives that would enhance the quality of education and ensure that the students enjoy the learning experience. Students need to learn not only theories, techniques, and problem-solving methodologies to be productive workers and individuals, but they also need to learn to acquire knowledge on their own, particularly after they leave school in order to adapt and respond to fast changing technology. Education is a noble goal that goes beyond pure training of skills. Students ought to be trained to develop their talents endowed in human beings. One of the endowments is the intellect which should be developed to the fullest in its capacity to search for the truth. 


My research interest has been in macroeconomics, urban & regional economics, and economic development. Some of my recent publications are listed below. 

Representative Professional Activities

1986 "Locational Factors in Declining Industrial Competitive Advantage of the New York Urban Region," Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 26, No. 1, February. 
1987 "A Conflict Model of Stagflation,"Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 13, January-March. 
1988 "Government Deficits, Capital Flows, and Interest Rates," Applied Economics, Vol. 20, No. 6, June. (Co-author: B. Sawhney) 
1991 "Socialist Economic Development and the Prospects for Economic Reform in Vietnam," Indochina Initiative Working Paper Series, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
1992 "Development Strategy in an Era of Global Economy with Application to Iran," 1992 Proceedings of the First Conference in Planning and Development, Teheran, Iran, January. (Co-author: M. Ala)
1993 "Population Growth and Economic Development: New International Evidence," Proceedings of the Second Conference on Planning and Development, Teheran, Iran, January. (Co-author: M. Ala)
1994 Vietnam: Socialist Economic Development 1955-1992, Published for International Center for Economic Growth, San Francisco by the Institute for Contemporary Studies (ICS) Press, San Francisco, California, U.S.A..
1995 "Lessons From the Socialist Experiment in Vietnam," The Social Engineer, January. 
1996 "Non-renewable Resources, Technological Progress: The Environment, and Growth of the Less-Developed Countries," Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Energy & Environmental Management and Technology, Newport Beach, California, December 1996. (Co-author: M. Ala) 
1998 "The Role of Technology in Solving the Limits of Non-Renewable Resources and the Environmental Problems in Growing Less-Developed Countries," The Social Engineer, January. (Co-author: M. Ala) 
2000 "Does Growth Cause Inflation? Granger-causality and Cointegration Tests: the Case of Portugal," Economia Internazionale/International Economics, Vol. 53, No. 3, August. (Co-author: B. Sawhney) 
2002 "Does Growth Cause Inflation in East Asia?: Empirical Evidence from Six Countries, 1975-1999," Global Business and Finance Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, Fall 2002, January. (Co-author: Tosporn Chotigeat) 
2003 "Fiscal Deficits and Fiscal Growth in Portugal: A Long-Term Perspective," Global Business and Finance Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall 2003, January. (Co-author: Bansi Sawhney) 
2004 "Fiscal Deficits and Inflation in Portugal: A Long-Term Perspective," Economia Internazionale/International Economics, Vol. 57, No. 1, February, pp. 59-76.
2004 "Is the S&P's Price-Earnings Ratio a Predictor of U.S. GDP?" Indian Journal of Economics & Business, Vol. 3, No. 2, December, pp. 241-257.
2007 "Globalization and Growth of Developing Countries" in Khi V. Thai, Dianne Rahm, and Jerrell D. Coggburn, Eds, Handbook of Globalization and the Environment, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2007, 491-525.
2008 "Causes of the World Financial Crisis and A New Paradigm in Global Economic Relationship." The India Economy Review, Vol. V, December, PP. 101-107.
2010 "Globalization and Income Distribution and Poverty in Developing Countries," Indian Journal of Economics & Business, Vol. 9, No. 1, March, pp. 147-157.
2010 "Globalization and Growth of Developing Countries: An Empirical Investigation" Economia Internazionale/International Economics, Vol. 63, No. 2, May, pp. 193-216.


Ph.D. Economics 1977
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.

M.A. Economics 1976
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.

B.Ec. (Honours) Economics 1968
University of Western Australia 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Licence en Droit Law and Economics 1964
University of Saigon 

Saigon, South Vietnam


Course Sect. No. Title Units Day & Time Room
ECON 520
     01 Macroeconomics & Monetary Policy.
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   4 T 6:10 - 10:00PM SH C348
ECON 309 02 Applied Business & Economic Statistics II.
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4 MW 9:50 - 11:30AM SH C636
ECON 309 12 Applied Business & Economic Statistics II.
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4 MW 11:40 - 1:20PM SH C636


Day Time
Monday  2:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday  5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday  2:00 - 3:00 PM