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My primary research interests are in the areas of economic education and environmental economics.  In economic education, my main interest is in the effects of active learning pedagogies on student learning – with specific interest in experiments and cooperative learning.  With regard to environmental economics, I am interested in the effect of environmental regulatory policies on environmental outcomes and the effect of macroeconomic conditions on willingness to pay for environmental quality.  I have also studied a variety of issues in the area of business ethics.  The following is a list of some of my papers and projects.

 

Economic Education

·         “Comparing Student Achievement Across Experimental and Lecture-Oriented Sections of a Principles of Microeconomics Course” with Beck Taylor, Southern Economic Journal  (download paper)

·         “Interactions Between Personality Type and the Experimental Methodology in Determining Student Achievement in Principles of Microeconomics” with Beck Taylor, Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         “Do Classroom Experiments Affect the Number of Economics Enrollments and Majors?” with Beck Taylor, International Review of Economics Education (download paper)

·         “Homework: To Grade or Not to Grade?  The Effect of Graded Online Homework on Student Achievement” with Kimberly Mencken, Perspectives on Economic Education Research (download paper)

·         “Online Faculty Instruction to Improve Interactive Teaching of Economics” with Mark Maier, invited chapter in Teaching Innovations in Economics: Strategies and Applications for Interactive Instruction  edited by Salemi and Walstad (download paper)

·         “Classroom Experiments” with Denise Hazlett, invited chapter in the International Handbook of Economic Education edited by Hoyt and McGoldrick (download paper)

·         “In-Class vs. Out-of-Class Experiments in Microeconomic Principles: Is there a Difference in Student Learning?” with Linda English, Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         “Women and the Choice to Study Economics” with KimMarie McGoldrick and Kevin Mumford, Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         "Anyone? Anyone? A Guide to Submissions on Classroom Experiments", Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         “Evaluating the Cooperative Component in Cooperative Learning: A Quasi-Experimental Study” with KimMarie McGoldrick and Linda English, Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         “Cooperative Learning and Personality Type” with Linda English and KimMarie McGoldrick, International Review of Economics Education (download paper)

·         “Classroom Experiments: Is more more?” with Linda English, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings (download paper)

·         “Classroom Experiments: Teaching Specific Topics or Promoting the Economic Way of Thinking?” with Linda English, Journal of Economic Education (download paper)

·         “The High Costs of Large Enrollment Classes: Can Cooperative Learning Help?” with KimMarie McGoldrick and Linda English, Eastern Economic Journal (download paper)

·         “Gender and Undergraduate Major Trends: 1990-2011” with KimMarie McGoldrick and John Siegfried, Southern Economic Journal (download paper)

·         “Student Self-reporting Bias Revisited” with Chris Bollinger, Linda English and Gail Hoyt, American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings (download paper)

·         “Switching Majors: Into and Out of Economics” with KimMarie McGoldrick

·         “An Investigation of (Un)Successful Performance and Retakes in Principles of Economics Courses” with KimMarie McGoldrick

·         “High School Economics, State Mandates, and Preparation for College Level Economics Courses” with Linda English and Gail Hoyt

·         “Trading-Off Effort between Courses: Effects on Introductory Economics Course Performance” with Sam Allgood

 

Environmental Economics

·         “Income, Environmental Disamenity, and Toxic Releases” with Linwood Pendleton, Economic Inquiry (download paper)

·         “A Tale of Trade-offs: The Environment and The Economy” with Steve Conroy, Journal of Environmental Management (download paper)

·         “The Macroeconomy and Environmental Priorities: An International Investigation” with Steve Conroy

 

Business Ethics

·         “Have Ethical Attitudes Changed?:  An Intertemporal Comparison of Ethical Perceptions of College Students in 1985 and 2001” with Steve Conroy, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Business Ethics and Religion: The Role of Religiosity in Response to Ethical Scenarios” with Steve Conroy, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Changing Ethical Attitudes: The Case of Enron and ImClone Scandals” with Steve Conroy, Social Science Quarterly (download paper)

·         “Ethical Attitudes of Accountants: Recent Evidence from a Practitioners’ Survey” with Steve Conroy and Charles Stanley, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Ethical Cycles and Trends: Implications for Research Methodologies” with Steve Conroy, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Ethical Attitudes of Accounting Practitioners: Are Rank and Ethical Attitudes Related?” with Steve Conroy and Frank Pons, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·          “To Codify or Not to Codify:  The Effects of Ethical Codes on Ethical Perceptions” with Joe McKinney and Mitch Neubert, Journal of Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Importance of Religious Faith and Ethical Attitudes in Business” with Joe McKinney, Journal of Religion and Business Ethics (download paper)

·         “Ethical Attitudes and Religiosity: Evidence from the World Values Survey” with Steve Conroy

·         “Business Ethics in Zambia and the US: A Comparison” with Catherine Mtambo and Billy Sichone

 

 

 

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