Kurt Beron

Professor of Economics
NSF Principal Investigator, DFW Federal Statistical Research Data Center
NCAA Officer
Tags: Economics Social Data Analytics and Research

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 1985
MSW - Public Administration, Policy, and Planning concentration
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - 1980
B.A. - Sociology
University of North Carolina - Greensboro - 1977
B.S. - Economics
University of North Carolina - Greensboro - 1977

Research Areas

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.

Publications

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. 2011 - Publication
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. 2011 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
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. 2008 - Publication
Hedonic Price Functions and Spatial Dependence: Implications for the Demand for Urban Air Quality (with Y. Hanson, J. Murdoch, and M. Thayer) in New Advances in Spatial Econometrics, ed. by L. Anselin ; R. Florax; and S. Rey, 2004 - Publication
Spatial Probit: A Monte Carlo Simulation (with W. Vijverberg) in New Advances in Spatial Econometrics, ed. by L. Anselin; R. Florax; and S. Rey, Springer-Verlag. 2004 - Publication
Oral Language and Reading Success: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (with G. Farkas), Structural Equation Modeling, v11, No. 1, 110-131. 2004 - Publication
The Detailed Age Trajectory of Oral Vocabulary Knowledge: Differences by Class and Race (with G. Farkas), Social Science Research, v33, No. 3, 464-497. 2004 - Publication
Why Cooperate? Public Goods, Economic Power, and the Montreal Protocol (with J. Murdoch and W. Vijverberg), The Review of Economics and Statistics, v85, No. 2 (May, 2003), 286-297. 2003 - Publication

Appointments

Financial Economist
Internal Revenue Service [1988–1988]
Research Economist
National Bureau of Economic Research [1987–1987]
Senior Transportation Planner
North Central Texas Council of Governments [1986–1986]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1985–1991]
Visiting Instructor
N.C. State University [1982–1985]
Program Analyst
Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare [1979–1979]
Economic Analyst
N.C. Governmental Evaluation Commission [1979–1980]

Projects

Reforming Compensatory Education with Reading One-One
1994–1994 With G. Farkas, K. Vicknair, and D. Walters. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 10/94.
Three Structural Models of the Dynamic Interrelations Between Adolescent Friendship and Adjustment in Longitudinal Data
2006–2006 With D. Buhrmester and R. Tao. Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescents 2006 Biennial Meetings.
Trajectories of Internalizing Problems as a Function of Continuity and Change in Social Victimization
2009–2009 With L. Rosen, M. Underwood, and J. Gentsch. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Meetings.
Proving Lost Profits
1998–1998 With K. Marshall. The Dallas Bar Association, 1/98.
Hierarchical Linear Models of the Hedonic Price of Air Pollution with Application to the South Coast Air Basin
1999–1999 With J. Murdoch and M. Thayer. American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting, 8/99.

Additional Information

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, HONORS, AND AWARDS
  • 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.

News Articles

EPPS Professor Picked for NCAA Oversight Role
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.
New Center to Provide Researchers with Special Access to Federal Data
The University of Texas at Dallas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are leading a consortium of institutions working to establish a Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center.
The center, which will be one of several throughout the United States, is expected to open next year at the Dallas Fed.

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers are partnerships between federal statistical agencies and research institutions that provide access to restricted economic, demographic, employment, health and other data for statistical purposes only.
Study: NCAA Athletes Need More Coaching on Academics, Reality of Reaching the Pros
NCAA athletes need more coaching on the long odds of playing professionally and the importance of academics to their future success.

That was the bottom line of a new UT Dallas study that analyzed surveys of 19,000 male and female student-athletes at more than 1,100 colleges and universities in all three NCAA divisions to determine how various factors impacted their academic performance. The study, by two School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) faculty members, was published in the journal Social Science Quarterly.
UTD Professor Appointed To NCAA Research Committee
Dr. Kurt J. Beron, professor of economics and public policy at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been appointed to the Research Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports.

The appointment, made by the organization’s governing board of university presidents, is for four years, beginning September 1, 2006.

Funding

Social Aggression: Growth and Outcomes
- National Institutes of Health Director's Bridge Award [2009–2013]
Father Care: Levels, Sources, and Consequences
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [2008–2010]
AOC: Publicly-Driven Investment: Individual and Neighborhood Dynamics
- National Science Foundation [2008–2011]
The 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 District
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board [2007–2009]
Improving Air Quality Benefit Estimates from Hedonic Models
$124,931 - National Science Foundation/Environmental Protection Agency Grant [1997–1999]