Michael D. Stroup is a professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), where has also served as Associate Dean of the Rusche College of Business and the Director of the MBA program. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University, his M.A. in economics from University of Washington, and his B.S. in Economics from Montana State University. Professor Stroup has authored many articles in scholarly journals, such as: Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Kyklos, World Development, Journal of Applied Economics, Journal of Economics and Finance, Applied Financial Economics, and Economics Letters. His latest research agenda focuses on using international panel data to quantify the beneficial impact that economic and political freedoms have on various non-monetary measures of individual well-being in society, particularly in the areas of health, education, women’s well-being and the environment. While at SFASU, Professor Stroup has taught both undergraduate and graduate economics courses, co-authored two instructor’s manuals for Michael Parkin’s principles of economics textbook and earned teaching excellence and research excellence awards.
Subareas of Expertise:
Cross-country empirical research estimating the positive impact of economic freedom on the quality of life in society, specifically:
• Individual well-being (literacy, education, health, sanitation, economic opportunity)
• Children’s well-being (literacy, education, preventative health care)
• Women’s well-being (female-to-male ratios of literacy, health, economic opportunities)
• Environmental conservation (pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability)