Ken Louie


Associate Professor of Economics,
Director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie


  • Business

Focus Areas:

  • Economic Development
  • International Trade
  • Labor Economics


  • Received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Was a Fulbright Lecturer in the People's Republic of China in 1998
  • Has four decades worth of economic research

​Ken Louie is an associate professor of economics in the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend and director of the Economics Research Institute of Erie. His research interests include the impact of international trade and finance on the domestic economy, human resources and labor market performance, local economic development, and economic development of China.

At the research institute, Dr. Louie helps collect, analyze, interpret and disseminate data, information, and forecasts for the Erie, PA regional economy. This research helps the local community to better understand the regional economy and its linkages to the national economy as well as provides students with relevant experience with applied economic research and data.

He is currently working on a collaborative project that focuses on the impact of technology and artificial intelligence on the operation, efficiency and environmental outcomes of facilities such as athletic stadiums, hospitals and schools. The project looks at how we can anticipate and improve upon the combination of technology and facilities management so that going forward, this sector of the economy can be more efficient. His role in this project is to analyze the economic and social impacts that are expected to occur.

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