Mark Howard, PhD
Mark Howard, PhD, Assistant ProfessorEducation:
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1985
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2007
Principles of Economics, Economics of Healthcare, Money and Banking, Economics of Sports, The Economics of the Firm
|Mark Howard received a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts in 2007. He joined the faculty at Springfield College in 2008 after teaching at Connecticut College for two years. He instructs in the following courses: Economics of Healthcare, Economics of Sports, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Principles of Microeconomics. In his research, Howard employs agent-based computational economics in a game theoretic framework, and looks forward to incorporating the same into his teaching at Springfield College.|
|Professional Interests:||Mark Howard's most recent project allows him to return to the field of regional economic impact analysis. “Created by the MIG, the IMPLAN software system helps analysts address two common questions about economic study and analysis:|
1. How does my local economy function?
2. What would the economic consequences of this project or action be?”
The current plan is to use the IMPLAN model for a number of projects. One project would study the economic impact of Springfield College to the region, including the impact of reoccurring spending as well as recent and ongoing major fiscal expenditure rebuilding the College. This analysis has applications in media relations and community development initiatives.
Additionally the model could be used to assist the Springfield Planning and Economic Development Committee to assess the economic impact of various initiatives and proposals.
The model could also be used to develop a contest in which students at both Springfield College and other area colleges submit proposals for potential economic development initiatives in their communities.