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Stephens, Heather

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Heather Stephens is currently an Assistant Professor in Resource Economics and Management and a Faculty Research Affiliate at the Regional Research Institute (RRI) at West Virginia University. She conducts policy-oriented research that spans energy, environmental and regional economics. She is especially interested in examining the differences in the impact of policies across regions. Her research has been published in the Journal of Regional Science, Growth and Change, International Regional Science Review, Small Business Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics. She is also the North American Editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science. She received her Ph.D. and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University and has a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Previously, Dr. Stephens was an Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Long Beach, and also has prior experience working for a U.S. Congressman, on strategic partnership development for a Fortune 100 company, as a local economic development director, and on regional economic development and energy-related issues at a university-based applied research institute.

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  • Stephens, Heather M. and John Deskins. Forthcoming. “Economic Distress and Labor Market Participation.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Harger, Kaitlyn, Amanda Ross, and Heather M. Stephens. 2018. “What Matters the Most for Economic Development? Evidence from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.” Papers in Regional Science. DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12396
  • Goetz, Stephan, Mark Partridge, and Heather M. Stephens. 2018. “The Economic Status of Rural America in the President Trump Era and Beyond.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 40(1): 97–118, DOI: 10.1093/aepp/ppx061
  • Spiller, Elisheba, Heather M. Stephens, and Yong Chen. 2017. “Understanding the Heterogeneous Effects of Gasoline Taxes Across Income and Location.” Resource and Energy Economics 50: 74-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2017.07.002
  • Patrick, Carlianne, Heather M. Stephens, and Amanda Weinstein. 2016. “Where are all the self-employed women? Push and pull factors influencing female labor market decisions.” Small Business Economics. 46(3): 365-390. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-015-9697-2
  • Stephens, Heather M. and Mark D. Partridge. 2015. “Lake Amenities, Environmental Degradation, and Great Lakes Regional Growth.” International Regional Science Review 38: 61-91. DOI: 10.1177/0160017613496632
  • Spiller, Elisheba, Heather M. Stephens, Christopher Timmins, and Allison Smith. 2014. “The Effect of Gasoline Taxes and Public Transit Investments on Driving Patterns.” Environmental and Resource Economics 59(4): 633-657. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9753-9
  • Stephens, Heather M., Alessandra Faggian, and Mark D. Partridge. 2013. “Innovative entrepreneurship and economic growth in lagging regions.” Journal of Regional Science 53(5): 778-812. DOI: 10.1111/jors.12019
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