Stella K Hofrenning

Associate Professor, Department Chair

Hagfors CSBR 321
CB 70

Stella Koutroumanes Hofrenning has been at Augsburg University since the fall of 2001. She brings a wealth of experience to her students and classroom. She worked for several years as an economist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on welfare reform and poverty issues in Washington D.C. She has also worked as a health economist for the Minnesota Department of Health.

Her research interests include the economics of education, health care and welfare reform. In addition to her academic research, Hofrenning has written opinion pieces for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and regularly speaks to community groups on various economic topics.

She is fluent in Modern Greek and lived in Athens, Greece for several years. She teaches Modern Greek language to children at St. George Greek Orthodox Church where she also serves as a Sunday school teacher.


  • “Lilly Foundation Research Conference on Christianity & Economics, Baylor University, Nov. 2002, Waco, TX.Presented the paper: Greek Orthodox Perspectives on Economics
  • Minnesota Health Services Research Conference, January 1997, Minneapolis, MNPresented the paper: Hospital Cost Trends
  • Midwest Economic Association, March 1994, Chicago, IL.Presented the paper: An Algorithm for Imputing Religion Based on a Respondent’s Ancestry.
  • Eastern Economic Association, March 1993, Washington D.C.Presented the paper: An Econometric Analysis of the Demand for Private Schools.
  • American Economic Association, January 1993, Anaheim, CA.Presented the paper: Social Security and Women: The Effects of Labor Market and Demographic Trends on The Retirement Decision And Benefit Equity.

Newspaper Op-Ed Pieces

  • “In Minnesota, Vouchers Still Unconstitutional,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 20, 2002, page A-19.
  • “Minnesota, Land of Nonprofit HMOs,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 4, 2001, page A-18.


  • B.S. University of Maryland University College, Summa Cum Laude
  • M.A. University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois-Chicago


  • “A Method for Proxying A Respondent’s Religious Background: An Application to School Choice Decisions,” Journal of Human Resources, Winter 1999, Volume 34, Issue 1. With Barry R. Chiswick.
  • “Measures of Central Tendency: Selecting the Right One for Analyzing Your Data,” The Quality Resource: The Newsletter of the American Health Information Management Society, March/April 1998, Vol. 16, No. 2.
  • “Minnesota: The Land of Nonprofit HMOs,” Minnesota Medicine, April 1997, Volume 80. With Lynn Blewett.* “Survey Response Rates: Is There a Magic Number?” The Quality Resource: The Newsletter of the American Health Information Management Society, July/August 1997, Vol. 15, No. 4.
  • “An Econometric Analysis of the Demand for Private Schools,” Research in Labor Economics, 1996, Volume 15. With Barry R. Chiswick.
  • “Comprehensive Family Service Programs: Evaluation Issues,” Focus (University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty), Spring 1992, Volume 15, number 1. With Sharon McGroder.