Dr. Jim Lee

Jim Lee
Regents Professor of Economics

Office: OCNR 375

Phone: (361) 825-5831
Email: jim.lee@tamucc.edu


Ph.D. Economics: Penn State University, 1991
BA Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1981

Joined the faculty in 1999

  • Research Interests: Applied Econometrics, Money & Macro, Regional Economic Development, Business Competitiveness
  • Teaching Interests: Macroeconomics, Econometrics


Jim Lee is Regents Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. During his tenure at TAMU-CC he served as Chair of the Decision Sciences and Economics Department from 2012 to 2015, and as Director of the South Texas Economic Development Center from 2014 to 2024 in the College of Business. In addition to teaching, his academic research evolves around the application of econometrics to macroeconomic policy and regional economic development. His research findings and commentary have been featured in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal and Business Week, and media outlets across Texas.

Selected Publications

  • "Do Rice Prices Follow a Random Walk? Evidence from Markov Switching Unit Root Tests for Asian Markets," (with Harold Valera), Agricultural Economics, 47(6), 2016, pp. 683-695.
  • "The Regional Economic Impact of Oil and Gas Extraction in Texas," Energy Policy, 87, 2015, pp. 60-71.
  • "Measuring Business Cycle Comovements in Europe: Evidence from a Dynamic Factor Model with Time-Varying Parameters," Economics Letters, 115(3), 2012, pp. 438-440.
  • "Family Firm Performance:  Further Evidence," Family Business Review, 19(2), 2006, pp. 103-114.
  • "The Robustness of Okun’s Law: OECD Evidence," Journal of Macroeconomics, 22(2), 2000, pp. 331-356.


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