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Golnaz Motie, PhD
Golnaz Motie, PhD
- Assistant Professor - Economics
Teaching Area(s)

Introduction to Economics

Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics

Microeconomic Theory

Macroeconomic Theory

International Economics

Managerial Economics


PhD, Economics, West Virginia University, 2018

MA, Economics, West Virginia University, 2016

MSc, Economics, University of Warwick, 2009

BA, Economics, University of Tehran, 2005


Dr. Golnaz Motie is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Kentucky University. Her research interests are international economics, applied macroeconomics and forecasting, especially foreign investment and its effects on real GDP. She completed her PhD from West Virginia University in 2018 and worked as an instructor at Bowling Green State University before joining WKU. She earned masters degrees in economics from West Virginia University and the University of Warwick, UK. Dr. Motie’s non-academic work experience includes being an economic analyst for banks in Iran and an economic analyst for companies in the UK. Golnaz’s papers have appeared in Contemporary Economic Policy and Journal of Consumer Affairs. She has also been a board member of Kentucky Economic Association since December 2020.

Recent Publications

“County-Level Determinants of Social Distancing (or Lack Thereof) During the Covid-19 Pandemic” (with C. Biolsi), Contemporary Economic Policy, 2021, 39(2), 264-279.

“Perceptions of Home Insurance and Policy Directions: Comparing Mexican Americans and Non-Hispanic White Americans” (with Z. Mohammadali, F. Hasan, and G.D. Squires), Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2020, 54(2), 417-455.

“The Effect of Transparency, Independence, and Accountability of Central Banks on Disinflation Costs” (with J. Hall), Virginia Economic Journal, 2019, 45-56.

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