Bruce Mann

Bruce Mann is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Puget Sound. He came to the university in 1975 after completing his doctoral work at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1969.

One of Dr. Mann’s particular areas of teaching interest and research deals with the operations of local economies. He has published research related to the impacts of local government subsidies to businesses, financing for housing, and rent control issues. In addition, Dr. Mann has been active in local community affairs as a consultant for the City of Tacoma, Pierce County government, and numerous civic groups and associations.

Recent consulting work in the local area includes work on Tacoma Public Utilities’ telecommunication initiative, the City of Tacoma’s plans for the development of the Foss Waterway, and the Tacoma Police Department’s plan for patrol vehicle use. Under the sponsorship of a consortium of granting organizations, Professor Mann co-authored the only study on the charitable giving capacity for Pierce County.

One of Dr. Mann’s continuing projects is an annual Pierce County forecast, known as Horizons. Organized by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with local organizations, Dr. Mann and his colleague Dr. Goodman, provide an annual economic outlook for the Pierce County economy. They have been providing this local area forecast for more than ten years.

Dr. Mann teaches specialty courses in the areas of Labor Economics, Law and Economics, Urban Economics, Sports Economics, and the Economics of Nonprofit Organizations.


  • “The Effect of Police Vehicles on Public Safety: A Benefit-Cost Study for Policy Analysis,” (with Douglas E. Goodman and William H. Baarsma), Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Western Decision Sciences Institute, April 1999.

  • “The Efficacy of an Assigned Vehicle Program for Reducing Crime: A Public Policy Cost-Benefit Decision,” (with Douglas E. Goodman and William H. Baarsma), Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Western Decision Sciences Institute, March 1997.

  • “When Lemons Are Better Than Lemonade: The Case Against Mandatory Used Car Warranties,” (with Thomas J. Holdych), Yale Law and Policy Review, Volume 15, Number 1, 1996.

  • “The Basis of the Bargain Requirement: A Market and Economic Based Analysis of Express Warranties -- Getting What You Pay For and Paying for What You Get,” (with Thomas J. Holdych) DePaul Law Review, Volume 45, Number 3, Spring 1996.

  • “Urban Industrial Tax Subsidies: A Non-cooperative Equilibrium Approach,” (with D. Wade Hands), Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 17, 1987.

  • “The Effect of Creative Financing on the Value of Single Family Homes,” (with J. Hubert), Real Estate Appraiser and Analyst, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer, 1984.

  • “Moderate Rent Controls: A Microeconomic and Public Choice Analysis” (with M. Veseth), American Real Eastate and Urban Economics Association Journal, Volume 11, No. 3, Fall 1983.

  • “The Influence of School Busing on House Values,” in Research in Real Estate, C.F. Sirmens (Editor), Volume 2, 1983.