Carol E. Heim

Portrait of Carol Heim
Professor Emerita
223 Gordon Hall



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 Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2019 - present.
Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1999-2019
Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981-99
Faculty Associate or Faculty Member, Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000-present
Visiting Professor, Yale University, spring 1987, spring 2008

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


Economics 703: Introduction to Economic History
Economics 763: History of Capitalist Development in Europe and the World Economy
Economics 362: American Economic History
Economics 204: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
Public Policy and Administration 656: Topics in Urban and Housing Policy

Honors and Awards: 

Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Chancellor's Medal, 2019
UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016
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: 

  • Executive Editorial Committee: Social Science History, 2006-2012
  • 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


  • MSP Research Support Fund Grants, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012
  • Flex Grants for Teaching/Faculty Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013
  • 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
International Association for Feminist Economics
American Association of University Women
Urban Land Institute

Selected Publications: 

"Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? Urban Infrastructure in Nineteenth-Century Chicago and Twentieth-Century Phoenix," Social Science History, vol. 39, issue 3 (Fall 2015), 453-482.

"Introduction: Public and Private Provision of Urban Public Goods," Social Science History, vol. 39, issue 3 (Fall 2015), 361-369.

"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.