Jim Murdoch is a professor of Economics and Public Policy in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas. He grew up in western Michigan, graduated from Grand Valley State Colleges in 1978, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 1982. Before coming to UTD in 1991, Murdoch held teaching and administrative positions at the University of Louisiana ? Monroe and Auburn University at Montgomery. From October 2001 through June 2005, Murdoch was the dean of the School of Social Sciences. He has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly journal articles in the areas of environmental economics, public economics, and defense economics in such journals as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Economic Inquiry, Land Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research generally reflects an applied econometric approach with some emphasis on policy analysis and prescription. Murdoch's current research concerns applications of spatial econometric methods and local economic development.