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Richard Wiltgen

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Economics
  • ​1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 6200
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

PhD, University of Illinois
MS, University of Illinois
MA, Western Michigan University
BS, Western Michigan University


Professor Emeritus Richard Wiltgen teaches economics at the Driehaus College of Business. He began teaching at DePaul in 1973.  

Wiltgen's primary interests are the history of economic thought and comparative economic systems. His earliest research was under a government grant that enabled him to examine aspects of the now defunct Yugoslav system of Workers’ Self Management. Wiltgen's interests eventually evolved into focusing on Mainland China and Taiwan, where he has mostly focused in the latter years. Linguistic studies fascinated Wiltgen as much as those pertaining to economics. 

Wiltgen was the first member of the business school to be awarded a Fulbright and conducted the first DePaul business seminars to Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong.  

Wiltgen's first love in the classroom was the course in the Economics of Socialism, where he had the good fortune of encountering many students with an insatiable curiosity.