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Brian Kench, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Economics, University of Connecticut, 2000

M.A., Economics, University of Connecticut, 1997

B.A., Economics, Framingham State University, 1994

About

Brian T. Kench is Dean of the AACSB accredited College of Business at the University of New Haven. Dean Kench has built his career around the specialties behavioral and experimental economics, microeconomics, and the economics of organization. He serves as a consultant in the areas of economic damages and economic impact analysis. And he served as an economic expert for Bloomberg TV, American Public Media’s Marketplace, USA Today, and Avianca Magazine (Columbia), as well as local media outlets. Dr. Kench earned a bachelors degree in economics in 1994 from Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass. He went on to study at The University of Connecticut, where he earned a masters degree in economics in 1997 and a doctorate degree in economics in 2000. He teaches Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Economics for Business Leaders, and Foundational Economics for Managers; and he earned Teaching Excellence Awards in 2009 and 2012. In addition to his classroom work, Dr. Kench served as editor of The Tampa Bay Economy, a biannual publication of the Sykes College of Business, as co-director of the Adam Smith Society, and as president of the Academy of Business Economics. His works have been published in the Eastern Economic Journal, Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, Journal of Financial Transformation, and Journal of Regulatory Economics. Dr. Kench earned a Researcher of the Year Award in 2008.

 

Experience

University of New Haven , AACSB International and NEASC accredited, West Haven, CT 06516

  • 2015-date, Dean and Professor of Economics, College of Business (tenured)

The University of Tampa , AACSB International and SACS accredited, Tampa, FL 33606

  • 2014-2015, Professor of Economics (tenured)
  • 2008-2013, Associate Professor of Economics (tenured)
  • 2002-2007, Assistant Professor of Economics

The University of New Hampshire , 2000-2002, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, AACSB International accredited, Durham, NH 03824-3593

Bentley University , Spring 2000, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, AACSB International accredited, Waltham, MA 02452

The University of Connecticut , 1997-2000, Instructor of Economics, Department of Economics, Storrs, CT 06269-1063

 

Peer Reviewed Academic Journals

"Basic Economics of the Export-Import Bank" (with Robert Beekman), Mercatus on Policy, 2015.

"The Moral Hazard of Mandatory Membership in Private Clubs" (with L. Hoke and C. Skipton), Research in Business and Economics Journal, 2013, vol. 8. (Acceptance rate: 20%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

"Dynamic Transaction Costs and Firm Boundaries in the Soft Drink Industry" (with H.S. Wallace and T. Knox), Journal of Economics and Economics Education Research, 2012, 13(1): 33-51. (Acceptance rate: 21-30%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

"Of Altruists & Thieves" (with N. Niman), Eastern Economic Journal, 2010, 36(3): 317-343. (Acceptance rate: 25-35%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

"The Influence of Psychological Type and Interpersonal Needs in Social Dilemmas: A Public Goods Experiment with Punishment" (with R. Beekman, N. Niman, and G. Wynn), Journal of Psychological Type, 2010, 70 (January): pp. 1-17.

"From Crunch to Crisis in the Interbank Lending Market" (with J. Stinespring), Journal of Financial Transformation, (2009), 27, pp. 63-68. (Acceptance rate: 6-10%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

"Innovation, Capabilities, and Organizational Economics: Lessons from the Business Strategy Literature," (with Trevor Knox & H. Scott Wallace), Journal of Business Disciplines, (2006), VII (1): 45-58. (Acceptance rate: 11-20%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

"Let's Get Physical! Or Financial? A Study of Electricity Transmission Rights," Journal of Regulatory Economics, (2004), 25(2): 187-213. (Acceptance rate: 21-30%, Source: Cabell Publishing.)

 

Professional Memberships

AACSB International, American Economic Association, Academy of Business Economics, Southern Economic Association, Economic Science Association, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Delta Sigma Pi, Beta Gamma Sigma

Grants, Awards and Distinctions

Awarded the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award by the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa for Excellence in Teaching.

Awarded the 2011 Distinguished Paper Award by Academy of Business Economics.  Paper title: “The Economics of Vertical Integration Revisited.”

Awarded sabbatical for the fall of 2009.  Project title: Economics for the Global Economy.

Awarded the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award by the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa for Excellence in Teaching.

Awarded the 2008 Researcher of the Year Award by the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa for Excellence in Scholarship.

Awarded the David Delo Research Professor Grant (2003, and 2005-2008).

Awarded the University of Tampa Dana Faculty Development Grant (2003-2009, 2011-2012).

Awarded the 2006 Distinguished Paper Award by Academy of Business Economics.  Paper title: “Strong Altruism: An Element in the Emergence of Public Institutions.”  Updated paper title: “Strong Altruism & Moral Sentiments: Toward a Greater Understanding of Group Behavior.” 

Awarded John H. Sykes College of Business Mini Sabbatical (spring 2007 and fall 2005).

Awarded research support from the National Grid Company (2002).

Awarded the University of Connecticut's Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2000).  

Awarded the University of Connecticut's Research Foundation Grant (2000).

Awarded the University of Connecticut's Institute for Teaching & Learning Large Grant (January, 1999, with Dennis Heffley).

Honorable mention recipient of W. Harrison Carter Award for excellence in teaching (1998).

Faculty Experts - Media Contact

Karen Grava

Director of Media Relations

(203) 932-7246