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About Us

The Economics Research Group at the University of North Texas is one of the country’s leading economics research groups. By providing support to communities and industry, the Economics Research Group (ERG) is leading the study of the innovation economy, defining the dynamics of this economy and analyzing it to provide understanding and actionable data.

ERG includes a team versed in regional, national and international economics and market dynamics, industry and market trends, and social dynamics and impacts.

Mission Statement

The Economics Research Group is an interdisciplinary research platform with expertise in regional economics, policy, economic development strategies, the creative economy and community development. Collaborating with research partners from across the region and around the globe, the Group strives to excel in its four unified missions:

1. Promote academic research of the highest caliber.

The group promotes academic research through conferences, colloquia, fellowships, visiting scholar positions and, faculty stipends. As a dedicated research group, our primary purpose is to provide a means by which interdepartmental, interschool, and intercollegiate boundaries may be bridged in pursuit of new knowledge or the solution of applied research problems. The Group’s resident and visiting scholars work is disseminated though recognized scholarly venues including books, academic journals, edited volumes, as well as a wide variety of public oriented publications and policy briefs.

2. Promote meaningful public dialogue on issues important to the residents and institutions of the DFW Metroplex.

Group lectures and public events draw community groups and policymakers into dialogue with the campus community. Our range of faculty-led conferences and research-workshops, seek to build active constituencies among private and public agencies across the region. Under the Group's auspices, we aim to mobilize university assets to discover and promote a variety of regional development opportunities. We, in turn, engage community partners in an effort to define Group priorities, and participate in Group research.

3. Provide regional policymakers with the opportunity to interact with scholars within the academy on important issues relevant to the welfare of their DFW constituents.

The Group is a single point of entry to UNT faculty expertise across multiple disciplines. Policymakers have access to UNT faculty as well as the Group’s world-wide network of sister groups and affiliated scholars.

4. Provide an in-depth educational experience to our Student Research Fellows and Graduate Research Assistants.

The group’s collaborative projects produce one of a kind experience for our Graduate Research Assistants. Working under the guidance of the Group’s resident and visiting scholars, students gain a unique educational experience. The Group is committed to the creation and application of world-class economic strategies. With research partners around the globe we are working hard to transfer innovative ideas from our campus to your community.