Steve Cobb, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Economics

I grew up in Vermont, majoring in economics at the University of Vermont before earning a PhD at Brown University in 1974. My first job was as a research economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, where I did research related to the CPI and cost of living measurement. A one year visiting position at Michigan State University convinced me that I wanted to teach, and so I came to Xavier in 1984 where I taught for 33 years, retiring in 2017. I remain close to many of my Xavier friends both inside and outside the Economics Department. I also like to travel, read, cycle, and socialize. I continue to be a season ticket holder for Xavier basketball, which I have attended faithfully for over 35 years. My wife, Molly, and I have been married over 44 years, and we have one son, Alex, married to Melissa and with two sons, Casper and Hollis.





First Year at Xavier




  • BA, MA, Ph.D (Brown University)