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Carol E. Heim
906 Thompson Hall
(413) 545-0854


Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1982
M.Phil., Economics, Yale University, 1979
M.A., Economics, Yale University, 1977
B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1976

professional experience

Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1999-present
Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981-99
Visiting Professor, Yale University, spring 1987, spring 2008
Faculty Associate or Faculty Member, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000-present

research interests

Current research: Urban growth, property development, and land-use policy in U.S. metropolitan areas; municipal fiscal policy
Previous research: Regional decline in industrial economies, particularly Britain; financing of investment during the British industrial revolution


Undergraduate courses in economic history, urban economics, and macroeconomics; graduate courses in economic history and urban and housing policy; capstone course for students in master's program in public policy and administration

honors & awards

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 2012 (Hilary Term, Jan. - Mar.)
David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 1990-91
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1986-88
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 1984-85

professional activities

Editorial Board, Explorations in Economic History, 1993-2003
Editorial Board, Journal of Economic History, 1990-94
Invited Participant, Research and Policy Roundtable on Land Use and Growth in the West, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Sonoran Institute Joint Venture, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2007


Research Grant, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001
Faculty Research Grant, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1986
Arthur H. Cole Grant-in-Aid, Economic History Association, 1983


American Economic Association, Economic History Association, Economic History Society (U.K.), Urban History Association, Social Science History Association, Business History Conference, Cliometric Society, International Association for Feminist Economics, American Association of University Women, Urban Land Institute

Selected publications

"Border Wars: Tax Revenues, Annexation, and Urban Growth in Phoenix," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 36, issue 4 (July 2012), 831-59.

"Taxes, Incentives, and Fiscal Policy Choices," in Land Use: Challenges and Choices for the 21st Century, ed. Patricia Gober (Phoenix: Arizona Town Hall, 2007), pp. 87-98, 130-31.

"Capitalism," in Dictionary of American History, 3rd ed., vol. 2, Cabeza to Demography, ed. Stanley I. Kutler (New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 2003), pp. 41-47.

"Leapfrogging, Urban Sprawl, and Growth Management: Phoenix, 1950-2000," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 60, no. 1 (Jan. 2001), 245-83.

"Structural Changes: Regional and Urban," in The Cambridge Economic History of the United States, vol. 3, The Twentieth Century, eds. Stanley L. Engerman and Robert E. Gallman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 93-190.

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