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Stephen Conroy

Faculty Director, The Center for Peace and Commerce

Ph.D. University of Southern California, Economics
M.A. University of Southern California, Economics
B.A. Creighton University, 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. Conroy has received several research and teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Business Educator Award (2007), Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (2004), Excellence in Stephen Conroy is currently a Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, where he joined the faculty in the fall 2004. Professor Conroy earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California (1998), where he also received an M.A. in Economics (1995) and completed an NIA postdoctoral fellowship in 1999. Professor Conroy received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Creighton University, where he graduated with honors in 1987. Before coming to USD, Professor Conroy was a faculty member at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.
His research interests include housing and real estate economics, economics of education, urban and regional economics, economic development, business ethics, microfinance, economics of poverty and economics of aging. He has published over 25 journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings and his work has appeared in a variety of publications including Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Social Science Quarterly, les Nouvelles (journal of the Licensing Executives Society International), Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Contemporary Economic Policy and Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. He has consulted extensively in litigation support (including patent infringement and loss of earnings) and valuation of nonmarket assets.
Professor Conroy has won several awards at two universities. Among these are the following:
• University Professor Award (“The highest academic honor bestowed university-wide and are given in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements in teaching and research”) (2012-2013)
• Innovations in Experiential Education Award (for experiential learning with local microfinance institutions and taking students to Tijuana for immersion experiences) (2010)
• Outstanding Preceptor Award (September 2009) for “superior performance in teaching and advising. He has also won
• Dual Excellence Award (Annual award presented to one or two SBA faculty members at USD: for excellence in research and teaching) (2010)
• Outstanding Professor Award (2008 MBA Cohort) “In recognition for being an outstanding professor and mentor as chosen by the students of the 2008 cohort.” (2009)
• Outstanding Preceptor Award (September) for “Superior performance in teaching and advising” (2009)
Among the courses he has taught are graduate courses in Microfinance and Wealth Creation (in Guadalajara, MX), Managerial Economics and Decision Making and International Business Practicum (in Rio de Janeiro and Lima, Peru), as well as undergraduate courses in Economic Development of Latin America, Managerial Economics, Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics.


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