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Dr. James Slate

ECONOMY/ECONOMICS: National Economic Trends & Issues, Southern Economic Trends & Issues

JamieSlate.jpgDr. James Slate
Associate Professor of Economics

Contact Info:
Phone: (704) 637-4407  


Dr. James Slate, Associate Professor of Economics, Ralph W. Ketner School of Business. Professor Slate earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. At Tennessee, he studied economics in the American Institutionalist tradition. This practice dates to the 19th century and stresses the evolution of culture and the economy, the importance of empiricism, and the application of economics to public policy.


  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Business & Economics Statistics
  • Environmental Economics

Research Interests

  • Economics Education
  • Ecological Economics

Activities & Select Publications

  • Currently investigating population & economic growth in the Yadkin River basin.
  • Rethinking Motivation: Self-Interest vs. Others Directed Models of Human Behavior, Business and Education Innovation Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 2009, co-authored with Dr. J. Andrew Morris
  • "MUD - Character Behavior and Economic Theory " The Journal of Virtual Environments, January 2000


  • PhD in Economics, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995
  • BA in Economics, Christopher Newport College, 1989

Key Memberships

  • Association for Evolutionary Economics
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • International Society for Ecological Economics (and the United States branch, USSEE)