Kurt Beron

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

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

The Effect of Audits and Socio-Economic Variables on Compliance (with A. Witte and H. Tauchen). In Who Pays the Taxes, and Why?: Tax Compliance and Enforcement, edited by J. Slemrod, The University of Michigan Press. 1992 - Publication
Joint Determination of Current Classroom Performance and Additional Economics Classes: A Binary/Continuous Model. The Journal of Economic Education, 21:255-264. 1990 - Publication
Child Support Payment Behavior: An Econometric Decomposition. Southern Economic Journal, 56, 3(1/90): 650-663. 1990 - Publication
Policy Issues and Child Support Payment Behavior: Empirical Findings. Contemporary Policy Issues, 8, 1(1/90): 124-134. Kilbourne, P. England, G. Farkas, and D. Weir), American Journal of Sociology, 100, 3(11/94), 689-719. Springer-Verlag. 1990 - Publication

Appointments

Director, Certificate in Economic and Demographic Data Analysis
The University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Professor, Economics and Public Policy
The University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Global Leadership Executive MBA Program Faculty Member
The University of Texas at Dallas [2000–Present]
National Collegiate Athletic Association Faculty Athletic Representative
The University of Texas at Dallas [1999–Present]
Director, Quantitative Analysis of Social and Economic Data Certificate Program
The University of Texas at Dallas [1999–2001]
Fellow, Bruton Center
The University of Texas at Dallas [1998–Present]
Consulting Economist
Internal Revenue Service [1997–1999]
Fellow
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–2000]
Associate Dean and College Master
The University of Texas at Dallas [1993–1996]
Associate Professor, Economics and Political Economy
The University of Texas at Dallas [1991–Present]

Projects

Effects of Individual and Occupational Characteristics on Earnings: An Intersection of Race and Gender
1991–1991 With B. Kilbourne and P. England), American Sociological Association, Cincinnati, 8/91.
Variations in Father Care as a Routine Child Care Arrangement in the First Four Years
2009–2009 With M. Owen and J. Klausi. Poster presentation, Society for Research in Child Development 2009 Biennial Meetings.
Effects of Changing Individual, Occupational and Industrial Characteristics on Changes in Earnings: An Intersection of Race and Gender
1993–1993 With B. Kilbourne and P.England), Tennessee Southern Sociological Society, 4/93.
Girls' and Boys' Aggression in Middle Childhood and Adolescence: Forms, Contexts, and Social Processes
2007–2007 With K. Beron,M K. Underwood, J. Kain Gentsch. Presentation for Society for Research in Child Development 2007 Biennial Meetings.
Mediating Variables for the Relationship Between Class/Race Background and Reading Performance: The Role of Basic Cognitive Abilities
1995–1995 With G. Farkas. The American Sociological Association Meetings, 8/95.

Additional Information

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."
PERSONAL STATEMENT

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.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE PERFORMED
  • 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

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]