Professor of Economics
Evert Van Der Heide joined the Calvin faculty in 1982 after teaching at several state universities and at Dordt College. His primary fields of interest include the economics of developing countries (primarily at the broader, macro level), business cycles and forecasting, and the structure of the West Michigan economy. Professor Van Der Heide worked with government officials in Indonesia on several occasions and continues a strong interest in Asian economies. He teaches the course on Asian economies at Calvin. Professor Van Der Heide participates in forecasting conferences at the University of Michigan and at the Chicago Federal Reserve each year, submitting macroeconomic forecasts for the latter, which become part of a consensus forecast developed at the conference.
Professor Van Der Heide has led about nine classes to Europe during past interims and served in Budapest as Director for the Study in Hungary Program for one year. He coordinates the Economics Department's link with Michigan State University's graduate program in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics.