Stephen C. Miller, Ph.D.

Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise

Associate Professor of Economics

Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy

Troy University

Troy, AL 36082

scmiller@troy.edu

334-670-3525(w)

828-226-6075(c)


Education

George Mason University

Ph.D. Economics, May 2006


Towson University

B.S. Economics, May 2001


My Google Scholar page


Journal Articles

  • (2017) “Do Piketty and Saez Misstate Income Inequality? Critiquing the Critiques” (with George Mechling and Ron Konecny). Review of Political Economy 29(1): 30-46 Link
  • (2014) “Education, Intelligence, and Attitude Extremity” (with Michael Makowsky). Public Opinion Quarterly 78(4): 832-58. SSRN version.
  • (2013) “Using Economics Blogs to Teach Economics Principles” (with James Ullmer), Mountain Rise 8(1).Link
  • (2012) "Positive vs. Normative Economics: What's the Connection?" (with Bryan Caplan), Public Choice 150(1): 241-61. Link
  • (2011) “Minimum Wage and Unemployment Rates: A Study of Contiguous Counties” (with Debra Burke and Joseph Long), Gonzaga Law Review 46(3): 661-686. Link
  • (2010) “Ideas, Funding, and Positions: The Elements of a Successful Intellectual Movement and the Role of Peter J. Boettke in Advancing Austrian Economics,” Journal of Private Enterprise 26(1): 67-71. (invited paper) Link
  • (2010) “Intelligence Makes People Think Like Economists: Evidence from the General Social Survey” (with Bryan Caplan), Intelligence 38(6): 636-647. Link
  • (2009) "Economic Bias and Ideology: Evidence from the General Social Survey", Journal of Private Enterprise 25(1): 37-49. Link
  • (2007) "Conservatives and Liberals on Economics: Expected Differences, Surprising Similarities”, Critical Review 19(1): 47-64. Link


Book Chapters

  • (2010) “Price: The Ultimate Heuristic” in The Handbook on Contemporary Austrian Economics, Peter Boettke (editor), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Link


Working Papers/Work in Progress

  • "Education as a Constraint in Democracies"
  • "Education and Heuristics: A Model of Market Learning"

Book Reviews, Educational and Policy-Oriented Publications

  • Review of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter, by Ilya Somin, March 2014, in Public Choice.
  • Review of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, by Raghuram G. Rajan, November 7, 2010, in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
  • Review of The Science of Success, by Charles G. Koch, March 22, 2009 in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
  • Review of Greenspan’s Bubbles, by William A. Fleckenstein, February 19, 2008 in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
  • Review of The Undercover Economist, by Tim Harford, March 19th, 2007 in the Asheville Citizen-Times.
  • "Do Middlemen Earn Their Profits?" FEE Today, August 17, 2004 . Foundation for Economic Education.
  • "The Growth of Bandwidth Markets: Regulate or Get Out of the Way?" Research Reports, June 28, 2004. American Institute for Economic Research. Great Barrington, MA.
  • "Does Saving Lives = Saving Costs?" Research Reports, August 11, 2003. American Institute for Economic Research. Great Barrington, MA.
  • "The Latest 'Magic Bullet' for Medicare -- More Sugar Pills" Cato Daily Commentary, April 17, 2002. Cato Institute.
  • "The Butcher of Philadelphia: A Public Choice Parable" published by the Institute for Humane Studies.

Work Experience

  • Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise, Troy University (2015-present)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Troy University (2015-present)
  • Executive Director, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University (2015-2017)
  • SACSCOC Director, Office of the Provost, Western Carolina University (2014-2015)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Western Carolina University (2012-2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Western Carolina University (2006-2012)
  • Health Policy Research Assistant, Cato Institute (2001-2002)
  • Development Assistant, Cato Institute (2001)

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

 

  • Grant to support Free Enterprise Educational Activities at Western Carolina University, Charles Koch Foundation (2010-2015)
  • Professor of Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching, College of Business, Western Carolina University (2013)
  • Summer Research Grant, Western Carolina University (2012)
  • Faculty Development Grant, Western Carolina University (2012)
  • Visiting Summer Fellow, American Institute for Economic Research (2007)
  • Honorable Mention, Economic Communicators Contest, sponsored by the Market-Based Managment Institute and the Association of Private Enterprise Education (2007)
  • Oloffson Weaver Fellow. George Mason University (2005-2006)
  • Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Essay Contest Winner (2005)
  • James Buchanan Center for Political Economy. Research Fellow. George Mason University (2002-2005)
  • American Institute for Economic Research. Roy A. Foulke Fellow (2003-2005)
  • American Institute for Economic Research. In-Absentia Fellowship Award. (2003-2006)

Teaching Experience

  • Applied Business Economics, MBA 625, Western Carolina University
  • The Impact of Economic Policy on Business, ECON 693, Western Carolina University.
  • Managerial Economics, ECON 607, Western Carolina University.
  • Public Finance, ECON 305, Western Carolina University.
  • Microeconomic Principles, ECON 231, Western Carolina University.
  • Strategy First, BA 133, Western Carolina University.
  • Macroeconomic Principles, ECON 104. George Mason University.


Invited Presentations (Off campus)

  • IHS Speaker Series, Students for Liberty Carolina Regional Conference, Winston-Salem, NC (November 2014)
  • Students for Liberty Southeast Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA (October 2014)
  • Loyola University - New Orleans Economics Club, New Orleans, LA (October 2014)
  • Students for Liberty Northwest Regional Conference , Seattle, WA(November 2013)
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Exploring Economic Freedom Lecture Series, Denver, CO (October 2012).
  • Loyola University - New Orleans Economics Club New Orleans, LA(April 2011).
  • Sam Houston State University Economics Seminar Series Huntsville, TX (November 2006)

 

Conference Presentations

  • "Why Liberals and Conservatives Fear Free Markets" 2014 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • "Income Shifting and the Piketty-Saez Income Inequality Data Set" 2014 Meeting of the Public Choice Society.
  • "Education, Intelligence, and Attitude Extremity" 2012 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • "Are the Civic Returns to Education Overstated?" 2011 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • “Using Economics Blogs to Teach Economic Principles” 2010 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • "Economic Bias and Ideology: Evidence from the General Social Survey" 2008 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
  • "Education as a Constraint in Democracies" 2007 Southern Economic Association Conference
  • "Intelligence, Irrationality, and Civic Returns: Can Education Improve Democracy?" 2006 International Atlantic Economic Society Meetings.
  • "Quantifying Civic Returns" 2006 Meeting of the Association of Private Enterprise Education
  • "Education and Heuristics: a Model of Market Learning" 2005 Southern Economic Association Meetings
  • "Civic Returns to Education" 2005 American Institute for Economic Research Summer Fellows Program.
  • "The Butcher of Philadelphia: A Public Choice Parable" 2005 American Institute for Economic Research Summer Fellows Program.
  • "Education as a Democratic Constraint" George Mason University Graduate Student Seminar (Spring 2005).
  • "Can Education Improve Democracies?" 2004 American Institute for Economic Research Summer Fellows Program.
  • "Ludwig von Mises on Socialism and Interventionism" 1999 Eastern Economic Association Meetings.

Reviewer for:

  • Public Choice
  • Econ Journal Watch
  • Journal of Private Enterprise
  • Review of Austrian Economics
  • Journal of Economics and Finance Education
  • Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship
  • Journal of the European Economics Association