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Director

Michael C. Carroll, Ph.D.

Michael C. Carroll is the Director of UNT’s Economics Research Group Research and Professor of Economics. He also serves as UNT’s University Economist.  Dr. Carroll’s business and economics career dates from 1982 and includes service as a professor of economics, corporate controller, operations manager, and a corporate president. His research interests focus on regional economic development strategies and social economics.

Dr. Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of Regional Science Policy & Practice and Associate Editor of Economic Development Quarterly. He serves on a number of editorial boards and international advisory boards.  He was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Regional Science Association International World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey for 2016.  He held similar positions for the World Congresses in Romania in 2012; Bangkok, Thailand in 2014, and the 3rd Global Conference on Economic Geography in Seoul, Korea.  Dr. Carroll is a former President and Treasurer of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists.

Dr. Carroll has published more than eighty academic articles, book chapters and policy monographs.  He has delivered more than one hundred papers at academic conferences. His writings have appeared in a variety of academic journals including, the Journal of Economic Issues, Annals of Regional Science, Review of Social Economy, Applied Geography, and Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences.  Dr. Carroll’s academic work has won numerous awards including the Springer Best Paper Award in 2010, the University Economic Development Association Research Award 2009 & 2011.

Dr. Carroll’s first book, A Future of Capitalism: The Economic Vision of Robert Heilbroner was published by Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press in 1998. His recent textbook Local Economic Development: Analysis, Practices and Globalization is co-authored with John P. Blair. The book is published by Sage Publications and was released in July 2008.

Dr. Carroll has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has held economics faculty positions at Bowling Green State University, West Virginia State University, Muskingum College, and currently, the University of North Texas. Dr. Carroll earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wright State University and his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. 

Dr. Carroll's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Carroll's Bio

Assistant Director

Tammy Leonard, Ph.D.

Dr. Tammy Leonard holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and MS and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Leonard worked for 3 years in the petrochemical industry managing large-scale projects spanning complex technical statistical analysis and large-scale engineering design and implementation. As an economist, Dr. Leonard specializes in interdisciplinary applications of public, urban and behavioral economics along with advanced spatial and econometric analytic methods. Dr. Leonard has over 30 academic peer-reviewed publications related to her expertise in geospatial analysis of urban housing, health, and household outcomes. Dr. Leonard is an associate professor in the economics department at the University of North Texas and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Leonard also serves as assistant director of the Economics Research Group at the University of North Texas, founder and co-director of the Community Assistant Research (CARE) initiative, and is a Texas Hunger Initiative Research Fellow.

Dr. Leonard's Curriculum Vitae

Visiting Scholars 2016-2017

Graham Clarke, University of Leeds, UK

Graham Clarke is Professor of Business Geography at the University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in various areas of GIS and applied spatial modelling, focusing on many applications within urban/social geography.  Graham has significant experience in retail geography and model development in relation to retail store location planning. His major research interests focus on retail location planning in relation to the multi-channel growth strategies of retail organizations. This includes work on food deserts, retail saturation,
e-commerce, the growth of discounters and convenience retailing.Another research interest has been spatial modelling, especially spatial interaction modelling and spatial microsimulation.  Graham’s work emphasizes estimating small-area patterns of income and wealth, and in applications relating to retail, crime and health. 

Resident Fellows

Jeffrey Rous, Ph.D

Jeffery Rous is Associate Professor in the economics department at the University of North Texas.  His research interests include health economics and urban economics.  He received his B.A in Economics from Knox College and his PH.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Graduate Research Assistants

Christoper Carlyle (Department of Economics, UNT)

Christopher Carlyle is a Masters Candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of North Texas. He attained a BS in Economics with a minor in Statistics in 2015 also at UNT. His areas of focus include econometric modeling and forecasting, data visualization, and data management. In addition to working with the Economics Research Group, he is also a Graduate Student Teaching Fellow within the Department of Economics.

Steven Nelson (Department of Economics, UNT)

Steven Nelson is an Economics graduate student at the University of North Texas, graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Wichita State University. He specializes in business analytics, research, and data manipulation.

Research Assistant

Matthew Li (Texas Academy of Math and Science, UNT)

Matthew Li is a junior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science at the University of North Texas, and is interested in regional economics and business analytics.