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.