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Dr. Catherine Carey

Dr. Catherine Carey
- Interim Dean and Professor - Economics


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Economics, 1992

M.A., University of Kentucky, Economics, 1990

B.S.B.E., University of Kentucky, Business and Economics, 1988


Professor Carey serves as Interim Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. She previously served as the Chair of the WKU Department of Economics and Director of the WKU Center for Applied Economics. She currently holds the Dugas Family Professorship. 

Dr. Carey is a past president of the Kentucky Economic Association and still serves as an ex-officio member of its board. In addition, she has served as editor of the Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, an annual publication of the Kentucky Economic Association. Professor Carey's publications can be found in journals such as Academy of Business Research Journal, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Journal of International Business Research, Review of Industrial Organization, and in multiple article in the Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. Professor Carey has reviewed articles for many professional journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Macroeconomics, Research in Marketing and Serials Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, and she has reviewed text manuscripts for college publsihers, such as Addison-Wesley, South-Western College Publishing/Cengage, McGraw Hill, and Harcourt College Publishers. Professor Carey is member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon. Her awards include the Vitale Award for Initiative, Innovation, and Leaderhship, a Distinguished Research Award for Allied Academies, and WKU College of Business Faculty Excellence Awards in both Teaching and Public Service. 

Dr. Carey’s recent research interests have been in the areas of financial fraud, particularly with regard to Ponzi schemes and financial elder abuse, and innovative teaching styles involving students in projects for outside business clients. Through the Center, Dr. Carey consults on projects such as labor and economic impact studies for multiple counties and entities, and she presents on issues regarding local, regional and state economic growth to audiences such as Rotary Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, and other legislative and public interests groups.

As Chair of the Economics Department, she presided over a 21.6% growth in enrollment, the creation of high school dual credit and joint undergraduate masters (JUMP) programs in Economics, two new program concentrations, and the creation of two new clubs, Actuarial Sciences and Women in Economics.

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