Dr. Catherine Carey
Department Chair and Professor - Economics
Office: Grise Hall 431
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
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. 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. Dr. Carey has reviewed articles for many professional journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Macroeconomics, and Journal of Economic Psychology, and she has reviewed text manuscripts for college publishers, such as Addison-Wesley, South-Western College Publishing/Cengage, McGraw Hill, and Harcourt College Publishers. Professor Carey is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, a member and former advisor of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a member and current advisor for Omicron Delta Epsilon. Her awards include the Vitale Award for Initiative, Innovation, and Leadership, a Distinguished Research Award for Allied Academies, and WKU College of Business Faculty Excellence Awards in both Teaching and Public Service. As Chair of the Economics Department, she has presided over a 21.6% growth in enrollments, 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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