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Tom Tiemann

Jefferson Pilot Professor and Professor of Economics
Koury Business Center 120
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
tiemann@elon.edu (336) 278-5957

Professional Expertise

Urban and general economics

Brief Biography

 Education :

Post-doctoral study in Finance.  University of Kansas.  1978

  Ph.D. in Economics.  Vanderbilt University.  August, 1975.

  M.A. in Economics.  Vanderbilt University.  June, 1974

 A.B. with Honors in Economics.  Dartmouth College.  June, 1970.

 

Education

Post-doctoral study in Finance.  University of Kansas.  1978

 

            Ph.D. in Economics.  Vanderbilt University.  August, 1975.

 

            M.A. in Economics.  Vanderbilt University.  June, 1974.

 

            A.B. with Honors in Economics.  Dartmouth College.  June, 1970.Post-doctoral study in Finance.  University of Kansas.  1978

 

   

Employment History

Department of Economics, Elon University, August 1984 to present.  Chair, August 1986 to August 1988 and August 1989 to August 1991. 

 

            Director of General Studies, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, August 1996 to August 2000.

 

            Dean, Martha & Spencer Love School of Business, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, June, 1987 to May, 1992.

 

            Department of Economics, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, July 1978 to July 1984.

 

            School of Management, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, New York, July 1975 to December 1977.

 

            Department of Economics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 1974 to July 1975.  One year temporary appointment.

Department of Economics, Elon University, August 1984 to present.  Chair, August 1986 to August 1988 and August 1989 to August 1991. 

 

            Director of General Studies, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, August 1996 to August 2000.

 

            Dean, Martha & Spencer Love School of Business, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, June, 1987 to May, 1992.

 

            Department of Economics, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, July 1978 to July 1984.

 

            School of Management, Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, New York, July 1975 to December 1977.

 

            Department of Economics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 1974 to July 1975.  One year temporary appointment.

 

Courses Taught

Teaching Areas:  Principles of Economics, Statistics, Urban Economics, Emerging Economies.

 

Leadership Positions

Director of General Studies, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, August 1996 to August 2000.

 

 Dean, Martha & Spencer Love School of Business, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, June, 1987 to May, 1992.

 

Research

“Crafters and competition: the impact of amateurs.”  With James L. Barbour. International Journal of Arts and Commerce. 1:5. 2012.  pp. 131-135.
 

“Reducing Sprawl, Riding the Bus and Losing Weight in America.” With Paul C. Miller.  Forthcoming in Spaces and Flows: An international journal of urban & extraurban studies. Earlier version presented at Spaces and Flows Conference, October 2012, Detroit. 

 

“Not driving alone?  American commuting in the twenty-first century.” With Stephen B. DeLoach.  Transportation. 39:3. 2012. pp. 521 ff.

 

 

 

 

“Sidewalks, streetscapes, and walkability.”  With Katherine N. Atkins and Alan C. Scott.  Spaces and Flows: An international journal of urban & extraurban studies. 2:3. 2012.  Earlier version presented at a conference, Spaces and Flows.  Prato, Italy.  November 2011.

 

“What Do Soccer Moms Do All Day?” With Stephen DeLoach.  Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association meetings, St, Louis, April 3, 2010.

 

“The American Carpool Makes a Comeback?” With Stephen B. DeLoach.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 27, 2010.  A revised version was presented in the Economics Department Research Seminar series at RWTH-Aachen, Germany.  June 2010.

 

“Tolerance, heterogeneity, creativity, and economic growth.” With Cassandra DiRienzo and Jayoti Das in Villalba, Ernesto, ed. 2009. Measuring Creativity: Proceedings for the conference “Can Creativity Be Measured?” Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 184-189. This is a modified version of the presentation below.

 

“Tolerance, heterogeneity, creativity, and economic growth.” Based on work done with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo.  Invited presentation at “Can Creativity be Measured,” a conference sponsored by the European Commission.  Brussels, May 28, 2009. 

 

“The Impact of Journey to Work on Body Mass Index in Metropolitan Areas” with
Paul C. Miller and Erika Lamanna.  Presented at the Second International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health.  Amsterdam.  April 2008.

 

“Crafters And Competition: The Impact of Amateurs on Professional’s Livelihoods.” With Jim Barbour.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meeting.  Boston.  March 2008.

 

“A Global Tolerance Index,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo.  The Competitiveness Review, 18:3, 2008.  192-205.

 

“Farmers’ Markets: Public Spaces and Third Places,” Journal of Popular Culture, 41:3. May 2008.

 

“Jaskiewicz i sk-a” with Norris W. Gunby, Jr.  The CASE Journal. 4:1, Fall 2007. 

 

“Health, Ambient Exercise and Urban Sprawl,” with Erika Lamanna, Nolan Wildfire and Paul Miller.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, New York, February 2007.

 

“A Note on an Ethnic Homogeneity Kuznets Curve,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo, Challenge, 49:2. March/April 2006.  112-120.

 

“American crafts shows: price or style conscious?” with James L. Barbour. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26:7/8, 2006. 342- 52.

 

“Evangelical and Reformed Church.” In Powell, William S., editor.  Encyclopedia of North Carolina.  Chapel Hill:UNC Press.  2006. 403-4.

 

“Freight Rates.”  In Powell, William S., editor. Encyclopedia of North Carolina. 

Chapel Hill:UNC Press. 2006. 477.

 

 

“On Producing 21st Century American Capital,” with Gregory A. Lilly, presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 2006.

 

“Red Cities, Blue Cities,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo, presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 2006.

 

“Targowiska: Polish Street Markets Today,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 25:12, 2005, 67 – 80.

 

“Jaskiewicz I S-ka,” presented in a workshop at the Southwest Case Research Association meeting, Dallas, March 2005.  Revised and resubmitted to The Case Journal, November 2005.

 

“On the Costs and Benefits of a Curriculum Centered Around Ill-Structured Problems,” with Gregory Lilly, presented at the Southern Economic Association meeting, New Orleans, November, 2004.

 

“A Multidisciplinary Approach to Instruction of Global Studies-Elon University,” with Thomas Nelson, Stephen Braye and Colin Donahue, presented at
Global Fusion 2004 conference, St. Louis, October 2004.

 

“Slavictreasures,” with Christopher Joiner, Case Research Journal, 24:1, Winter 2004, 109-22.

 

“Farmers’ Markets: Conduct Determines Performance,” presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Washington, February 2004.

 

“American Farmers’ Markets: Two Types of Informality,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 24:6, 2004, 44-57.

 

“Developing a Global Mindset through Short-Term Study Abroad: A Group discussion Approach,” with Stephen B. DeLoach, Leila Saliba and Victoria Smith.  Journal of Teaching in International Business, 15:1, 2003, 37-59

 

 

“Developing International Business Leadership through Study Abroad Experiences,” with Stephen B. DeLoach, Leila Saliba, and Victoria Smith, presented at the Academy of Business Education meeting, Key West, September 20, 2002.

 

 

“The Relationships Among a First-Year General Studies Seminar, Student Achievement and Dimensions of Student Motivation to Learn,” presented at the American Association for Higher Education meeting, Chicago, March 17, 2002.

 

“Effects of Structure on Division of Surplus in Experimental Markets,” presented at the Eastern Economics Association, New York, February 2001.

 

“Becoming Competitive Within the European Union: Lessons from Ireland,” presented at Social and Economic Aspects of Integration of the Eastern European Countries with the EU, Wloclawek, Poland, November 2000.

 

“Why General Studies? Why Global?” in Tom Arcaro and Duane McClearn, eds., Understanding the Global Experience, Burlington, NC: Carpe Viam Press, 2000.

 

“General Studies Faculty Development:  Teaching Each Other,” presented at Strengthening Faculty Development at Liberal Arts Colleges, Rollins College, March 2000.

 

“Can We Teach Adaptive Persistence?”  with Gregory A. Lilly and Douglas B. Redington, presented at the Ninth Annual Business/Economics Teaching Conference, sponsored by DePaul University and Elmhurst College, Chicago, April 1999.

 

“Low Cost Active Learning: Do Students Learn Through Mere Activity?” presented at Challenge and Response: Rethinking Key Issues in College Learning, Elon College, September 1997.

 

            "Choice Within NC Public Schools," with George A. Taylor, North Carolina Datanet, nr. 14, March 1997.

 

            "Active Leaning:  Does it Really Matter?," with Gregory A. Lilly and Douglas B. Redington, presented at Eastern Economics Association, Washington, April 1997.

 

“Fact, Fiction and Fads: Relationship Between Learning & Service in Higher Education,” a workshop presented with Heather Dillashaw, Barbara Brummett, Aris Fokas, and Margot Kennard at Risking Transformation, the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ, Lisle, Illinois, September 1996.

 

            "Do We Share Our Goals?  A Workshop on Making a Core Curriculum More Effective," conducted at American Association for Advancement of Core Curriculum, Chicago, November 1994.

 

            "Why an English Major Should Take Accounting 101," presented at American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum, Houston, October, 1993.

 

            "Promoting Liberal Arts and Professional Cooperation at Liberal Arts Colleges," presented at American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum, Atlanta, October 1992.

 

            "Choice in Public Schools:  Evidence from Maine's Secondary School Voucher System," with George A. Taylor and Gordon P. Whitaker, presented at Eastern Economic Association, Pittsburgh, March 1991.

 

 

            "Introducing empirical exercises in introductory economics," with Eileen L. McGrath, Journal of Economic Education, 16:2, Spring 1985, pp. 121-8.

 

            "Return on equity and the cost of capital to utilities," with Stephen E. McGuire.  Awarded second prize at the Competitive Papers Session.  Third Annual Georgia Public Utilities Conference, September 1983.  Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, 112:13, December 22, 1983.

 

            "When should construction work in progress be included in the rate base?", Public Utilities Fortnightly, 112:13, November 24, 1983, pp. 43-6.

 

            "Depreciation policies for regulated firms:  Depreciation for inflation," Proceedings, 1981 Fall Industrial Engineering Conference, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, pp. 417-9 

 

            "Optimal depreciation policies for regulated firms," with William V. Gehrlein, The Engineering Economist, 25:2, Winter 1980, pp. 79-89.

 

            "Corporate control and earnings retention policy," with Coleen C. Pantalone, Proceedings:  Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, 1980, pp. 56-9.

 

            "Market concentration as a determinant of job satisfaction," with Peter A. Veglahn, Journal of Behavioral Economics, 8:2, Winter 1979, pp. 137-50.

 

            "A note on SMSA and industry as determinants of manufacturing suburbanization," with John K. Mullen, Annals of Regional Science, XIII:1, March 1979, pp. 29-35.

 

            "Pass through fuel prices, not fuel costs," Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, 18:4, Winter 1978, pp. 91-4.

 

            "Further comment on the welfare cost of monopoly," with John J. Siegfried, Economic Inquiry, XIII:4, December 1975, pp. 601-10.

 

 

            "The welfare cost of monopoly:  An inter-industry analysis," with John J. Siegfried, Economic Inquiry, XII:2, June 1974, pp. 192-202. 

Current Projects

Zipf's Law in Western and Eastern Europe, 1960- 2010.

Publications

“Crafters and competition: the impact of amateurs.”  With James L. Barbour. International Journal of Arts and Commerce. 1:5. 2012.  pp. 131-135.
 

“Reducing Sprawl, Riding the Bus and Losing Weight in America.” With Paul C. Miller.  Forthcoming in Spaces and Flows: An international journal of urban & extraurban studies. Earlier version presented at Spaces and Flows Conference, October 2012, Detroit. 

 

“Not driving alone?  American commuting in the twenty-first century.” With Stephen B. DeLoach.  Transportation. 39:3. 2012. pp. 521 ff.

 

 

 

 

“Sidewalks, streetscapes, and walkability.”  With Katherine N. Atkins and Alan C. Scott.  Spaces and Flows: An international journal of urban & extraurban studies. 2:3. 2012.  Earlier version presented at a conference, Spaces and Flows.  Prato, Italy.  November 2011.

 

“What Do Soccer Moms Do All Day?” With Stephen DeLoach.  Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association meetings, St, Louis, April 3, 2010.

 

“The American Carpool Makes a Comeback?” With Stephen B. DeLoach.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 27, 2010.  A revised version was presented in the Economics Department Research Seminar series at RWTH-Aachen, Germany.  June 2010.

 

“Tolerance, heterogeneity, creativity, and economic growth.” With Cassandra DiRienzo and Jayoti Das in Villalba, Ernesto, ed. 2009. Measuring Creativity: Proceedings for the conference “Can Creativity Be Measured?” Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 184-189. This is a modified version of the presentation below.

 

“Tolerance, heterogeneity, creativity, and economic growth.” Based on work done with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo.  Invited presentation at “Can Creativity be Measured,” a conference sponsored by the European Commission.  Brussels, May 28, 2009. 

 

“The Impact of Journey to Work on Body Mass Index in Metropolitan Areas” with
Paul C. Miller and Erika Lamanna.  Presented at the Second International Conference on Physical Activity and Public Health.  Amsterdam.  April 2008.

 

“Crafters And Competition: The Impact of Amateurs on Professional’s Livelihoods.” With Jim Barbour.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meeting.  Boston.  March 2008.

 

“A Global Tolerance Index,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo.  The Competitiveness Review, 18:3, 2008.  192-205.

 

“Farmers’ Markets: Public Spaces and Third Places,” Journal of Popular Culture, 41:3. May 2008.

 

“Jaskiewicz i sk-a” with Norris W. Gunby, Jr.  The CASE Journal. 4:1, Fall 2007. 

 

“Health, Ambient Exercise and Urban Sprawl,” with Erika Lamanna, Nolan Wildfire and Paul Miller.  Presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, New York, February 2007.

 

“A Note on an Ethnic Homogeneity Kuznets Curve,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo, Challenge, 49:2. March/April 2006.  112-120.

 

“American crafts shows: price or style conscious?” with James L. Barbour. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 26:7/8, 2006. 342- 52.

 

“Evangelical and Reformed Church.” In Powell, William S., editor.  Encyclopedia of North Carolina.  Chapel Hill:UNC Press.  2006. 403-4.

 

“Freight Rates.”  In Powell, William S., editor. Encyclopedia of North Carolina. 

Chapel Hill:UNC Press. 2006. 477.

 

 

“On Producing 21st Century American Capital,” with Gregory A. Lilly, presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 2006.

 

“Red Cities, Blue Cities,” with Jayoti Das and Cassandra DiRienzo, presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Philadelphia, February 2006.

 

“Targowiska: Polish Street Markets Today,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 25:12, 2005, 67 – 80.

 

“Jaskiewicz I S-ka,” presented in a workshop at the Southwest Case Research Association meeting, Dallas, March 2005.  Revised and resubmitted to The Case Journal, November 2005.

 

“On the Costs and Benefits of a Curriculum Centered Around Ill-Structured Problems,” with Gregory Lilly, presented at the Southern Economic Association meeting, New Orleans, November, 2004.

 

“A Multidisciplinary Approach to Instruction of Global Studies-Elon University,” with Thomas Nelson, Stephen Braye and Colin Donahue, presented at
Global Fusion 2004 conference, St. Louis, October 2004.

 

“Slavictreasures,” with Christopher Joiner, Case Research Journal, 24:1, Winter 2004, 109-22.

 

“Farmers’ Markets: Conduct Determines Performance,” presented at the Eastern Economic Association meetings, Washington, February 2004.

 

“American Farmers’ Markets: Two Types of Informality,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 24:6, 2004, 44-57.

 

“Developing a Global Mindset through Short-Term Study Abroad: A Group discussion Approach,” with Stephen B. DeLoach, Leila Saliba and Victoria Smith.  Journal of Teaching in International Business, 15:1, 2003, 37-59

 

 

“Developing International Business Leadership through Study Abroad Experiences,” with Stephen B. DeLoach, Leila Saliba, and Victoria Smith, presented at the Academy of Business Education meeting, Key West, September 20, 2002.

 

 

“The Relationships Among a First-Year General Studies Seminar, Student Achievement and Dimensions of Student Motivation to Learn,” presented at the American Association for Higher Education meeting, Chicago, March 17, 2002.

 

“Effects of Structure on Division of Surplus in Experimental Markets,” presented at the Eastern Economics Association, New York, February 2001.

 

“Becoming Competitive Within the European Union: Lessons from Ireland,” presented at Social and Economic Aspects of Integration of the Eastern European Countries with the EU, Wloclawek, Poland, November 2000.

 

“Why General Studies? Why Global?” in Tom Arcaro and Duane McClearn, eds., Understanding the Global Experience, Burlington, NC: Carpe Viam Press, 2000.

 

“General Studies Faculty Development:  Teaching Each Other,” presented at Strengthening Faculty Development at Liberal Arts Colleges, Rollins College, March 2000.

 

“Can We Teach Adaptive Persistence?”  with Gregory A. Lilly and Douglas B. Redington, presented at the Ninth Annual Business/Economics Teaching Conference, sponsored by DePaul University and Elmhurst College, Chicago, April 1999.

 

“Low Cost Active Learning: Do Students Learn Through Mere Activity?” presented at Challenge and Response: Rethinking Key Issues in College Learning, Elon College, September 1997.

 

            "Choice Within NC Public Schools," with George A. Taylor, North Carolina Datanet, nr. 14, March 1997.

 

            "Active Leaning:  Does it Really Matter?," with Gregory A. Lilly and Douglas B. Redington, presented at Eastern Economics Association, Washington, April 1997.

 

“Fact, Fiction and Fads: Relationship Between Learning & Service in Higher Education,” a workshop presented with Heather Dillashaw, Barbara Brummett, Aris Fokas, and Margot Kennard at Risking Transformation, the annual meeting of the Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ, Lisle, Illinois, September 1996.

 

            "Do We Share Our Goals?  A Workshop on Making a Core Curriculum More Effective," conducted at American Association for Advancement of Core Curriculum, Chicago, November 1994.

 

            "Why an English Major Should Take Accounting 101," presented at American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum, Houston, October, 1993.

 

            "Promoting Liberal Arts and Professional Cooperation at Liberal Arts Colleges," presented at American Association for the Advancement of Core Curriculum, Atlanta, October 1992.

 

            "Choice in Public Schools:  Evidence from Maine's Secondary School Voucher System," with George A. Taylor and Gordon P. Whitaker, presented at Eastern Economic Association, Pittsburgh, March 1991.

 

 

            "Introducing empirical exercises in introductory economics," with Eileen L. McGrath, Journal of Economic Education, 16:2, Spring 1985, pp. 121-8.

 

            "Return on equity and the cost of capital to utilities," with Stephen E. McGuire.  Awarded second prize at the Competitive Papers Session.  Third Annual Georgia Public Utilities Conference, September 1983.  Published in Public Utilities Fortnightly, 112:13, December 22, 1983.

 

            "When should construction work in progress be included in the rate base?", Public Utilities Fortnightly, 112:13, November 24, 1983, pp. 43-6.

 

            "Depreciation policies for regulated firms:  Depreciation for inflation," Proceedings, 1981 Fall Industrial Engineering Conference, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, pp. 417-9 

 

            "Optimal depreciation policies for regulated firms," with William V. Gehrlein, The Engineering Economist, 25:2, Winter 1980, pp. 79-89.

 

            "Corporate control and earnings retention policy," with Coleen C. Pantalone, Proceedings:  Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, 1980, pp. 56-9.

 

            "Market concentration as a determinant of job satisfaction," with Peter A. Veglahn, Journal of Behavioral Economics, 8:2, Winter 1979, pp. 137-50.

 

            "A note on SMSA and industry as determinants of manufacturing suburbanization," with John K. Mullen, Annals of Regional Science, XIII:1, March 1979, pp. 29-35.

 

            "Pass through fuel prices, not fuel costs," Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, 18:4, Winter 1978, pp. 91-4.

 

            "Further comment on the welfare cost of monopoly," with John J. Siegfried, Economic Inquiry, XIII:4, December 1975, pp. 601-10.

 

 

            "The welfare cost of monopoly:  An inter-industry analysis," with John J. Siegfried, Economic Inquiry, XII:2, June 1974, pp. 192-202. 

Service Activities

Member of the Board of Trustees of Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis.  2010 to present. Chair of Finance Committee, 2011 to present.

 

Taught a two-week course, “The Economics of Cities,” at Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie (Cracow University of Economics, Poland).  November-December 2010.

 

Manuscript review for Health Affairs, 2009.

 

Member of Board of Directors.  United Church Homes and Services.  Newton, NC.  May 2008- 2010..

 

Taught a six-week course “Local Economic Development,” at Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie (Cracow University of Economics, Poland).  March – May 2008/

 

Presentation, Economic Outlook and Ideas for Economic Growth.  Alamance Chamber of Commerce.  December 2006.

 

Board of Trustees, United Church of Chapel Hill, 2003 to 2005. Chair, 2004.

 

            Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaccreditation visiting committees: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1993); Edward Waters College (1994); Anderson College (substantive change, 1994); St. Paul's College (1995); Liberty University (1996); Stillman College (chair, substantive change, 1998), University of New Orleans, Executive MBA in Kingston, Jamaica (chair, substantive change, 1999), Regent University (chair, substantive change, August 2002); Milligan College (chair, substantive change, 2004), Spalding University (chair, reaccreditation On-Site Committee 2007); Off-site review committee( chair, 2008), Lee University (Substantive Change, chair, 2009).   Off-site review committee (chair, 2010).

 

 

            Consulting:  Shorter College: Problems with beginning an MBA program in Atlanta, 1995.  Samford University, review of faculty credentials, 1995.  Augustana College (SD), review of business programs, 1992.

 

Manuscript reviewer, Journal of the Association of Business Education, 2004 to present.

 

            Chair, Hillsborough (N.C.) Board of Adjustment.  1994-1998.

 

            Board of Directors, United Church Retirement Homes, Inc., Newton, North Carolina.  1994-2002.  Member, Executive Committee.  1994-2002. Vice-chairman,

            1995-96. Chair, 1996-97 and 2000-2002.

 

            Member, Small Business Committee, Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, 1991.

 

            Manuscript reviewer for The Engineering Economist, 1981 to 1988.

 

            Chairman, Orange County (N.C.) Industrial Development Revenue Bond Authority.  1985 to  2000.

 

            Member, Board of Advisors, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange Congregations in Mission, 1986 to 1994.  Chair 1991.

 

            Member, Target Advisory Group to Orange County (N.C.) Economic Development Commission, 1989-1991.