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Stephen Conroy

Professor, Economics

Stephen Conroy joined the faculty of USD in the fall of 2004 as an associate professor of Economics after spending five years at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Professor Conroy has received several research and teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Educator Award (2007), Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2004), Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award (2003) and the Dyson Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2002 and 2004). 

In addition to his academic scholarship, Professor Conroy has also participated in a number of economic consulting projects for clients in the private and public sectors, especially in the area of economic base analysis and, more recently, in valuation of nonmarket assets. Professor Conroy has several years of business experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including positions with Hallmark Cards, Inc. (inventory controller), Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (outreach specialist/coordinator), El Centro del Pueblo of Los Angeles (emergency services caseworker) and Jovenes, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving homeless youth in Los Angeles.


Education: Ph.D. University of Southern California, Economics
M.A. University of Southern California, Economics
B.A. Creighton University, Economics

Scholarly and Creative Work

He has published in a variety of venues, including Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, and the School Community Journal.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Silverstein, M., Conroy, S., Gans, D. (2008). Commitment to Caring: Filial Responsibility and the Allocation of Support by Adult Children to Older Mothers. Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, Familial and Societal Implications; Springer

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-Revised

Silverstein, M., Conroy, S. (2009). Intergenerational Transmission of Moral Capital Across the Family Life Course. Cambridge University Press/Cultural Transmission: Developmental, Psychological, Social and Methodol

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Conroy, S., Arguea, N. (2008). An Estimation of Technical Efficiency for Florida Public Elementary Schools. Economics of Education Review / ELSEVIER, 27 (6), 655-663.

Conroy, S., Emerson, T. (2008). Ethical Cycles and Trends: Evidence and Implications. Journal of Business Ethics / Springer, 81 (4), 905-911.

Emerson, T., Conroy, S., Stanley, C. (2007). Ethical Attitudes of Accountants: Recent Evidence from a Practitioners' Survey. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, 71 (1), 73-87.

Conroy, S., Emerson, T. (2006). Changing Ethical Attitudes: The Case of Enron and ImClone Scandals. Social Science Quarterly, Blackwell Publishing, 87 (2), 395-410.

Conroy, S., Emerson, T. (2004). Business Ethics and Religion: Religiosity as a Predictor of Ethical Awareness among Students. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, 50 (4), 383-396.

Emerson, T., Conroy, S. (2004). Have Ethical Attitudes Changed? An Intertemporal Comparison of the Ethical Perceptions of College Students in 1985 and 2001. Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, 50 (2), 167-176.

Conroy, S., Emerson, T. Ethical Attitudes of Accounting Practitioners: Are Rank and Ethical Attitudes Inversely Related?. Journal of Business Ethics/Springer

Book Review

Conroy, S. (2006). Seasons Such as These: How Homelessness Took Shape in America. American Journal of Sociology, 111 (4), 1252-1253.

Conference Proceeding

Conroy, S. (2008). Using Immersion Experiences and Community Service Learning to Promote the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching in an Economics Ccourse. Summary Papers: Business Education at Catholic Universities: The Role of Mission-Driven Business S, June 2

Conroy, S., Emerson, T. (2007). Ethical Cycles and Trends: Implications for Research Methodologies. Academy of Economics and Finance

Ashraf, J., Conroy, S. (2004). The Union Impact on Earnings: The Recent Evidence. Academy of Economics and Finance, Papers and Proceedings 31st Annual Meeting

Jones, J., Conroy, S. (2004). An Economic Analysis of Urban Infill Development Strategies: The case of Charleston, South Carolina. Academy of Economics and Finance, Papers and Proceedings, 31st Annual Meeting

Teaching Interests

Professor Conroy enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses primarily in applied microeconomics. Among the courses he has taught are: Managerial Economics and Decision Making, Principles of Microeconomics, Prinples of Macroeconomics, Urban and Regional Economic Development, Internet Economics, Economic Demography and Aging Markets and Intermediate Microeconomics.