Economics, Finance & Marketing
Johnson Hall (JOHN) 338 / Box 5083
Teaching, Research, and Professional Areas
My research is primarily in regional economics. I have conducted studies on business survival, energy, and economic impact analysis. But I also apply regional economics to mental health and socioeconomic issues, such as suicide, divorce, and drug use. I have published papers on the macroeconomic factors influencing divorce (2012), the spatial pattern of suicide in TN (2017), and the historical trend of alcohol sales in TN to predict the legalization of marijuana (2019). My working papers right now include 1) a study on the effect of the business cycle on rural versus metro poverty and 2) the economic influences of drug use in TN.