Hammes is a professor of economics at UH Hilo.
Hammes frequently expresses to colleagues his amazement that
he can earn a living by talking to students about subjects
that he loves. It is highly apparent that he enjoys the working
environment and the students at UH Hilo. He notes that Hilo
is an ideal university for students and faculty to work together
to extend their knowledge.
Hammes specializes in teaching money and banking, the history
of economic thought and macroeconomic theory. He recently completed
a historical analysis on the formation of the U.S. Federal
Reserve. His current projects include a treatise on the impact
of bank robbers on local community development in the Wild
West of the late 1830s and an instructional piece on the correlation
between the prices of oil and gold during the “oil shock”
of the 1970s.
Hammes’ students characterize him as always eager to
help and describe him as “approachable and encouraging.”
One student comments, “His anecdotes demonstrate application
of economics, while teaching us the power of applying ourselves
in everything we do.”