Faculty and Staff

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Ralph Allen

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph. D: Georgia State University
  • Fields of Interest: Macroeconomics; History of Macroeconomic Thought
  • Topics of Research: Applied Microeconomics
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Scott L. Baier

Department Chair and Professor

  • Ph. D: Michigan State University
  • Fields of Interest: International Trade; Economic Growth and Development; Applied Econometrics
  • Topics of Research: Applied international trade; The causes and consequences of trade agreements; Economic growth
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Scott Barkowski

Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D: University of California, Irvine
  • Fields of Interest: Health Economics; Labor Economics; Econometrics ; Industrial Organization
  • Topics of Research: Job Transitions; Health Care Spending and Defensive Medicine; The Role of Price Information in Health Care Settings
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Peter Blair

Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D: The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Fields of Interest: Urban Economics; Economics of Education; Applied Micro-economic Theory; Development Economics
  • Topics of Research: Residential Segregation in the US; Admissions Policies at Universities; Differences in Federal Funding of Elite and Non-Elite Universities; Property Rights and Economics Development
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Howard Bodenhorn

Professor

  • Ph. D: Rutgers University
  • Fields of Interest: Economic History; Law and Economics
  • Topics of Research: U.S. Banking and Financial History; Historical Political Economy; African American Economic History; Economics of Crime
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Babur De los Santos

Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Empirical Microeconomics
  • Topics of Research: Economics of Online Markets; Consumer Search; Antitrust and Competition Policy
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William R. Dougan

Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Political Economy; Public Finance; Monetary Theory; Applied Microeconomics
  • Topics of Research: Applied Microeconomics; Fiscal Policy and Hyperinflation
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Gerald P. Dwyer, Jr.

Professor and BB&T Scholar

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Financial Markets; Monetary Economics; Financial Institutions; Financial Crisis
  • Topics of Research:
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Molly Espey

Professor

  • Ph. D: UC Davis
  • Fields of Interest: Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Policy
  • Topics of Research:
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Robert K. Fleck

Professor

  • Ph. D: Stanford University
  • Fields of Interest: Political Economy, Public Finance; Economic History, Development Economics
  • Topics of Research: Governance, The Great Depression, Moral & Ethical Economics
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F. Andrew Hanssen

Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Law and Economics; Property Rights
  • Topics of Research: Economics of Governance, Cinema, & Sports
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Arnold Harberger

Visiting Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Public Finance; Development Economics; Applied Welfare Economics; Cost-benefit Analysis; Economic Growth
  • Topics of Research: Applied Welfare Economics
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Thomas W. Hazlett

Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor

  • Ph. D: UCLA
  • Fields of Interest: Law & Economics, Public Choice, Information Technology
  • Topics of Research: Telecommunications Policy
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Brad Hobbs

Clinical Professor

  • Ph. D: Florida State University
  • Fields of Interest: Economic Freedom and Growth; Economic and Intellectual History; The Philosophical Foundations of Markets and Pedagogy
  • Topics of Research: Relationships Between Economic Freedom; Economic Growth; Entrepreneurial Behavior; Cost Structures in Higher Education; Historical-Living Standards
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Miren Ivankovic

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph. D: Clemson University
  • Fields of Interest: Sport Economics; Economics of Higher Education; Labor Economics
  • Topics of Research: Criminal Activity and Criminals' Background; Prize Money in Sports and Athletes' Performance
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Michal M. Jerzmanowski

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: Brown University
  • Fields of Interest: Macroeconomics; Economic Growth
  • Topics of Research: Growth Transitions; Medium-Term Growth; Wage Inequality
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Chungsang Tom Lam

Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Economics of Networks, Economics of Education; Labor Economics
  • Topics of Research: Peer Effects in Education
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Matthew S. Lewis

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: University of California, Berkeley
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Energy Economics; Health Economics
  • Topics of Research: Hospital Competition; Gasoline Markets; Price Dynamics; Consumer Search
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Daria Litsukova-Bokar

Adjunct Faculty

  • Ph. D: St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Fields of Interest: Property Rights; Comparative Economic Systems; Institutional and Organizational Economics; Economic History
  • Topics of Research: Contract Enforcement; Property Rights; Organized Markets
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Michael Makowsky

Assistant Professor

  • Ph. D: George Mason University
  • Fields of Interest: Applied Microeconomics; Law and Economics; Agent-based Computational Modeling
  • Topics of Research: Law Enforcement; Group Formation; Cultural Evolution
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Sergey Mityakov

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Development; Growth; Climate Change
  • Topics of Research: Financial Development; Corruption
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Raymond D. Sauer

Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Washington
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Economics of Regulation; Economics of Sports
  • Topics of Research: Managerial Strategy; Organization of Sport
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Curtis J. Simon

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

  • Ph. D: SUNY-Binghamton
  • Fields of Interest: Labor Economics; Urban Economics
  • Topics of Research: Urban Growth; City Fertility Differentials; Adjustment of Labor Markets Across Cities; Dynamics of Military Attrition and Promotion; GI Bill Use
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Robert F. Tamura

Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Human Capital; Economic Growth and Development
  • Topics of Research: Long Run Economic Growth; Fertility; Education
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Scott Templeton

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: UC Berkeley
  • Fields of Interest: Agricultural, Environmental, & Natural Resource Economics
  • Topics of Research: Decision-Support Tools for Farmers, Adaptation to Climate Change, Urban Forestry, Storm Water Management
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Charles Thomas

Visiting Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: Princeton University
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Antitrust; Experimental Economics; Environmental Economics
  • Topics of Research: Procurement; Negotiations; Pollution Markets; Mergers; Pricing ; Market Entry
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Robert D. Tollison

J. Wilson Newman Professor and BB&T Senior Fellow

  • Ph. D: University of Virginia
  • Fields of Interest: History of Economic Thought; Public Choice
  • Topics of Research: Political Economy; Economics of Religion; Economics of Sports
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Kevin K. Tsui

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: University of Chicago
  • Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization; Political Economy; Natural Resource Economics
  • Topics of Research: Causes and Consequences of Political Competitiveness; Resource Endowments and Political Competition
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Patrick L. Warren

Associate Professor

  • Ph. D: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Fields of Interest: Political Economy; Organizational Economics
  • Topics of Research: Decision-making in Public Sector Organizations; Auditing and Political Accountability; The Effect of Parties on Policies in the Legislature
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Paul W. Wilson

Professor

  • Ph. D: Brown University
  • Fields of Interest: Econometrics; Empirical Microeconomics
  • Topics of Research: Non-Parametric Estimation and Inference; Resampling Methods; Production Efficiency; Analysis of Banking and Hospital Industries; Health Economics; Urban Transportation; Education in Transitioning Economies

Emeritus Faculty

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Daniel Benjamin

Professor Emeritus

  • Ph. D: UCLA
  • Fields of Interest: Political economy, international economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics, economic history
  • Topics of Research:
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Michael T. Maloney

Professor Emeritus

  • Ph. D: Louisiana State University
  • Fields of Interest: Applied Price Theory; Financial Economics; Industrial Organization
  • Topics of Research: Price Discovery in Asset Markets; Pharmaceutical Innovation; Economics and Religious Schism
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Robert McCormick

Professor Emeritus

  • Ph. D: Texas A & M University
  • Fields of Interest: Economics, sports economics, utility deregulation, antitrust economics, global warming, telecommunications
  • Topics of Research: applied microeconomics, financial economics, public choice, and the economics of sports
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William A. Ward

Professor Emeritus

  • Ph. D: Michigan State University
  • Fields of Interest: Economic Development, Energy Economics, Environmental Economics
  • Topics of Research: Cost-benefit analysis applications to energy efficiency and low-carbon growth investment planning
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John Warner

Professor Emeritus

  • Ph. D:
  • Fields of Interest:
  • Topics of Research:

Staff

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Lisa Doyle

Administrative Specialist II

  • Phone: 864-656-3481
  • Email:
  • Office: 228 Sirrine
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Kimmie Richardson

Administrative Assistant

  • Phone: 864-656-3497
  • Email:
  • Office: 228A Sirrine