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Kurt J Beron
Professor-Economic Political and Policy
Office MailstopMail Box: GR31, Room No.: GR3806 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2929    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
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Trang, Vy T
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.EconomicsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1985
 MSWPublic Administration, Policy, and Planning concentrationUniversity of North Carolina - Chapel Hill1980
 B.S.EconomicsUniversity of North Carolina - Greensboro1977
 B.A.SociologyUniversity of North Carolina - Greensboro1977
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Research Interests

My research is in cross-disciplinary applications of quantitative methodology. I have worked on projects spanning economics, education, sociology, and, most recently, psychology, and my research has often focused on public policy issues. I have had a continuing interest in the public sector and its influence on individuals and institutions. My concern with this began during my work for my Masters in Social Work, which preceded my Ph.D. in Economics, and focused on social welfare policy.

My current research agenda focuses on the human capital development of children and young adults and their effects on later outcomes, but emphasizes the traditionally non-economic factors that affect this development. My empirical work seeks the understanding of situations that involve unobservable and latent variables using econometric and statistical techniques such as qualitative and limited dependent variable models, structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling.

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  YearPublication  Type
“Peer Victimization as a Mediator of the Relation between Facial Attractiveness and Internalizing Problems” (with M. Underwood and L. Rosen) Merrill-Palmer Quarterly Journal of Developmental Psychology, forthcoming.
Peer reviewed
“Joint trajectories for social and physical aggression as predictors of adolescent maladjustment: Internalizing symptoms, rule-breaking behavior, and borderline and narcissistic personality features” (with M. Underwood and L. Rosen) Development and Psychopathology, forthcoming.
Peer reviewed
Continuity and Change in Social and Physical Aggression from Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (with L. Rosen and M. Underwood) Aggressive Behavior, v35, No. 5, 357-375.
Category: Aggressive Behavior
Peer reviewed
Persistent versus Periodic Experiences of Social Victimization: Predictors of Adjustment (with L. Rosen and M. Underwood) Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v37, No. 5, 693-704.
Category: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Peer reviewed
Family correlates of children's social and physical aggression with peers: Negative interparental conflict strategies and, parenting styles (with M. Underwood and J. Gentsch), International Journal of Behavioral Development, v32, No. 6, 549-562.
Category: International Journal of Behavioral Development
Peer reviewed
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2009 2009 Peer Victimization as a Mediator of the Relation Between Facial Attractiveness and Internalizing Problems
With L. Rosen and M. Underwood. Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Meetings.
2009 2009 Variations in Father Care as a Routine Child Care Arrangement in the First Four Years
With M. Owen and J. Klausi. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Meetings.
2009 2009 Trajectories of Internalizing Problems as a Function of Continuity and Change in Social Victimization
With L. Rosen, M. Underwood, and J. Gentsch. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Meetings.
2009 2009 The Institutional Review Board Process
Surveys and the NCAA Presentation at Faculty Annual Meeting and Symposium, St. Louis, Nov. 13, 2009.
2007 2007 Girls' and Boys' Aggression in Middle Childhood and Adolescence: Forms, Contexts, and Social Processes
With K. Beron,M K. Underwood, J. Kain Gentsch. Presentation for Society for Research in Child Development 2007 Biennial Meetings.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2007-PresentDirector, Certificate in Economic and Demographic Data AnalysisSchool of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
2006-PresentProfessor, Economics and Public PolicySchool of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
2000-PresentGlobal Leadership Executive MBA Program Faculty MemberSchool of Management The University of Texas at Dallas
1999-2001Director, Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Data Certificate ProgramSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1999-PresentNational Collegiate Athletic Association Faculty Athletic Representative  The University of Texas at Dallas
1998-presentFellow, Bruton CenterSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1997-1999Consulting Economist  Internal Revenue Service
1994-2000FellowSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1993-1996Associate Dean and College MasterSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1991-PresentAssociate Professor, Economics and Political EconomySchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1988-1988Financial Economist  Internal Revenue Service
1987-1987Research Economist  National Bureau of Economic Research
1986-1986Senior Transportation Planner  North Central Texas Council of Governments
1985-1991Assistant ProfessorSchool of Social Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
1982-1985Visiting Instructor  N.C. State University
1979-1979Program Analyst  Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare
1979-1980Economic Analyst  N.C. Governmental Evaluation Commission
2009-2013Social Aggression: Growth and OutcomesNational Institutes of Health Director's Bridge Award Current
2008-2011AOC: Publicly-Driven Investment: Individual and Neighborhood DynamicsNational Science Foundation Current
2008-2010Father Care: Levels, Sources, and ConsequencesNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development Current
2007-2009The Effects of Off-Campus Health Occupations Enrichment and Information Programs on the Selection of College Major in a Sample of College Bound Students from Three High Schools in the Dallas Independent School DistrictTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board Current
1997-1999Improving Air Quality Benefit Estimates from Hedonic ModelsNational Science Foundation/Environmental Protection Agency Grant$124,931Previous
1988-1989The Economics of Child support Noncompliance and AFDC ParticipationTexas Advanced Research Proposal Grant$65,788Previous
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EPPS Professor Picked for NCAA Oversight Role
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Kurt Beron, professor of economics in UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been elected to serve on the Management Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

NCAA’s Division III has about 450 universities, including UT Dallas. The council governs the division, producing and implementing policy relating to the 160,000 student-athletes attending Division III schools.
“I was surprised and excited by my election to this position,” Beron said. “It is the highest position in the governance structure of the NCAA that a non-president can be on and will put me in the middle of policy discussions at the national level. Being able to influence these policies that affect so many universities and students is somewhat daunting. But I look forward to the challenge and appreciate (UT Dallas) President David Daniel’s support in undertaking this position.”
Beron is one of three college faculty members on the 21-member oversight committee, which also includes university presidents, vice presidents and directors of athletics.

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  • Chair, NCAA Research Committee – elected to Chair (2008-10) the Associationwide committee responsible for research across all divisions of the NCAA.
  • Consultant to Mayor of the City of Richardson, Gary Slagel, on sales tax and transportation issues, February 27, 2006
  • Consultant to Dallas Morning News – Provided analytic help with sales tax project that culminated in story, including personal cites, September 25, 2002.
  • Research on education cited by USA Today (April 12, 2001).
  • Research on education cited by Education Week (May 30, 2001).
  • Editorial Board Member, Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 1993-1997.
  • Associate Editor, Evaluation Review, 1988-1992.
  • Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce-Tax Policy Committee (early 1990s)
  • Member of Internal Revenue Service's Standing Review Panel to evaluate research proposals requesting use of Tax Compliance Measurement Program database. (mid 1990s)
  • Coordinator of national computer bulletin board on economic education research, ECONED-L, on the Internet. (throughout 1990s)
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis, 57th ed.
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Marquis, 29th ed.
  • Who's Who in American Education, Marquis, 5th ed.
  • Instructor in accredited continuing legal education seminars
  • Institute for Policy Studies and Information Services member
  • Visiting Scholar. ICPSR. University of Michigan, Summer 1989 and Summer 1990 attending Lisrel Workshops.
  • Visiting Scholar. Department of Economics. Princeton University, Summer 1988. Research in Economic Education.
  • Visiting Scholar. ICPSR. University of Michigan, Summer 1987.
  • Survey of Income and Program Participation.
  • Discussant - American Economic Association panels
  • Discussant - Southern Economic Association panels
  • Referee - American Political Science Review
  • Referee - The Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Referee - The National Tax Journal
  • Referee - Southern Economic Review
  • Referee - Journal of Economic Education
  • Referee - American Journal of Sociology
  • Referee - Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
  • American Economic Association member
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Population Association of America member
  • Southern Economic Association member
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Law and Society Association Member
  • In addition, I have been a testifying or consulting expert in approximately ten legal cases.

Dissertation Committees - Chair
  • Jeong-Dai Kim, Ph.D. received December 2002. Topic: "The Environmental Effect of the North American Free Trade Agreement."
  • Giant Abutalebi, Ph.D. received December 2007. Topic: "Bounded Rationality and Police Vehicles: The Political Economy of Law Enforcement Procurement Decisions."
  • Paul Dabbs, Ph.D. received May 2008. Topic: "Factors Affecting Student Transitions from Elementary School to Middle School."

Dissertation Committee Member (with year of proposal or final defense)
  • James Guseh – "Government size and economic growth: A political economy framework" (1991).
  • Barbara Kilbourne – "Occupational skill, gender, and earnings" (1991).
  • Kiweon Kim – "The effect of poverty on children's academic performance" (1992).
  • Pamela Smith – "Hospital quality and cost: Responses to federal legislation" (1993).
  • Xiahong He – "International tax trends and competition: Tax sensitivity of U.S. foreign investment abroad" (1991).
  • Kevin Marshall – "Administered protection: The political economy of United States
  • countervailing duty and antidumping regulation" (1993).
  • Pornchanok Chulkatabbha – "Spatial dependence in Dallas sales tax revenues: Estimation and forecasting" (1995).
  • Chung-Ron Pi – "Expression of culture in economic development" (1994).
  • David Kelleher – "The international provision of global public goods: The case of ozone layer preservation" (1997).
  • Michael Lucas – "Family background, home environment and the rate of child cognitive development" (1998).
  • Roxanne DeLaurell – "Globalization of regulation: The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods" (2000).
  • Yaw Hanson – "Air quality valuation from hedonic models: Applications of recent estimation techniques" (2000).
  • James Owen – "Currency devaluation and emerging economy export demand (Malaysia, Korea, Chile)" (2001).
  • Melissa Montgomery – "The Impact of Expansions in Children's Public Health Insurance on Children with Asthma." Final Defense June 27, 2006.
  • Bindu Arya (Management School) – "Strategic Networks of Public Service Industry in the Dallas Area." Final Defense June 30, 2006.
  • Alicia C. Schortgen – "The Face of Donors in America: Who Gives and Why it Matters?"Final Defense June 27, 2006.
  • Kruti Dholakia – "Determinants of Birth Outcomes in Texas." Final Defense July 19, 2006.
  • Kristin Kuhne – "Finger Paints to 4.0: Preschool Effects." Final Defense July 8, 2008.
  • Priyanka Singh – "Household and Earnings Risk: Does Occupational Sorting Offer Any Insurance Mechanism?" Final Defense January 10, 2008.
  • Jodie Foster – "Groundwater Depletion and Texas Groundwater Conservation Districts" Final Defense 3/28/08.
  • Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn – "Subjective Wellbeing/Life Satisfaction/Happiness: Determinants of Values at the Individual and Societal Levels" Final Defense 3/24/08.
  • Carlos Mendiola – "Harvesting Biotechnology Ventures: Survival Analysis of Exit Strategies (1976-2007)" Final Defense 11/21/08.
  • Michael Greenfield – "A Game of Millions: Professional Sports Facilities and the Agenda Setting Process" successful proposal defense 1/29/08.
  • ChunbeiWang – "Self-Employment among Immigrant and Hispanic Populations" Final Defense 7/10/08.
  • Yu Xue – "An Empirical Investigation of Occupational Choice With Human Capital Accumulation at Mid-life" successful proposal defense 1/30/09.
  • Deji Ajiboye – "Effect of Technology Transfer through Transnational Corporations on Economic Development" Final Defense 7/29/08.
  • Jielai Ma – "Unobservable Clusters Diagnostic Tests and Forecasts." Final Defense March 26, 2009.
  • Jimmy Lynn Verner, Jr. – "A New Look at the Minimum Wage's Effect on Employment." Final Defense February 19, 2009.
  • Ozge Eryuksel Ozden – "Three Essays on the Effects of Mergers: Wage Incentives and Prices" Passed Proposal Defense November 15, 2009.
  • Monica Brussolo – "The Kuznets Hypothesis Revisited: Exploring Inequality at the Sub-National Level for the Mexican Economy." Passed Proposal Defense November 18,
  • 2009.
  • Giang Ngo – "The Emergence and Growth of the US Biotechnology Industry in Time and Space." Passed Proposal Defense March 31, 2009.
  • Adam A. Guerrero – "The Determinants of College Student Retentions." Passed Proposal Defense April 10, 2009.
  • Oksana Zhuk – "Advertising, Drinking Age Laws and the Demand for Beer."
  • Julia So – "The Short Term Consequences of Part-time Employment on the Academic Achievement of High School Students."
  • Irene Ngugi – "Evaluating Learning Outcomes in the Context of School Finance Equalization."
  • LaVada Strickland – "The Effects of Technology on Educational Outcomes Dissertation Research Proposal."
  • Jeffrey Keyser – "Innovation, Development fundaments and patent life dynamics in the US Drug industry: 1994-2006."
  • Nikhil Jha – "Three Essays in Education."

  • Academic Council Member, steering committee for UTD Senate
  • Senator, University of Texas at Dallas Faculty Senate
  • Chair, University Information Resources Committee
  • Chair, University of Texas at Dallas Committee on Educational Policy
  • Chair, Comets Hall of Honors Committee
  • Chair, University Sub-committee on Computers in the Classroom
  • Chair, Search Committee for Athletic Director
  • Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Athletic Director
  • Chair, Search Committee for Head Baseball Coach
  • Chair, Search Committee for Head Softball Coach
  • Member, Search Committee for Head Baseball Coach
  • Chair, Computing in the Social Sciences Committee
  • Chair, Search committees for Senior Lecturers
  • Coordinator of University of Texas at Dallas economics program (CUS Committee)
  • Member, Ad-hoc University of Texas at Dallas Athletics' Compliance Committee
  • Member, Athletic Advisory Board
  • Member, Ph.D. Theory Examination Committee, Public Policy and Political Economy
  • Member, Ph.D. Methods Examination Committee, Public Policy and Political Economy
  • Member, Ph.D. Microeconomics Examination Committee, Economics
  • Member, Ph.D. Econometrics Examination Committee, Economics
  • Member, University Teaching Evaluation Review Committee
  • Member, University Committee on Committees
  • Member, Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board)
  • Member, University Self-Study Committee on Financial Resources
  • Member, Masters Council (Directors of Undergraduate Programs of each School)
  • Member, Search Committee for the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, UTD


I am a professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (previously, Social Sciences) at UT-Dallas and teaches in Economics and in Public Policy.

I am currently the senior researcher through the Texas Schools Project on a Texas legislature-mandated value-added assessment of public schools and districts under the sponsorship of the Texas Comptroller. I am a senior researcher on an NSF grant to investigate neighborhood dynamics relating to external change occurring in south Dallas. In on-going, collaborative work on an NIH-funded grant I am involved in projects investigating the underlying causes of social and physical aggression of elementary and middle school children and, separately, on the influence of friendship on underlying human capital development of behavior. My applied microeconomics research has focused on education, hedonic pricing models, and tax compliance, and includes collaborative research into the reasons behind various earnings patterns found among men and women and across races. I maintain an interest in the motivation of students in the classroom and have collaborative research focusing on measures of success in both reading and math achievement.

I have served on the editorial boards of Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal and on the editorial board of Evaluation Review. I have been the Associate Dean and College Master for the School of Social Sciences and have chaired the University's Information Resources Committee and Committee on Educational Policy. I have published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Southern Economic Journal, American Journal of Sociology, Structural Equation Modeling, and Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology among others. I teach a wide range of courses including those in public sector economics and econometrics. In addition to my regular faculty assignment in the School of Social Sciences, I am on the Global Leadership Executive MBA faculty. I also serve the University as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.

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