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Tom Lehman; MA, PhD Professor; Economics tom.lehman@indwes.edu

Biography

Dr. Tom Lehman is professor of Economics at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, where he teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Urban Economics and Policy, Public Finance, International Economics, Statistics and Research Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and American Economic History. Dr. Lehman is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (B.S. in Economics) and Ball State University (M.A. in Public Policy). He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Economics and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1992, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • M.A., 1994, Ball State University
  • Ph.D., 2004, University of Louisville

Interests

Dr. Lehman’s research interests include urban economics and local economic development, urban housing markets, urban economic growth and income inequality, and payday lending and other short-term loan markets. He has co-authored studies on the determinants of rental prices in urban housing markets, as well as studies on the habits, practices, and the business model of consumers and producers in the short-term consumer finance industry. Most recently, his research has been focused on using Census data to investigate the predictors of local economic development and growth in Midwestern non-metropolitan (rural) areas.  His findings on this and other research are frequently utilized by local economic development organizations in Indiana and the Midwest.