Kathryn Combs

Full Professor, Finance

klcombs@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4244

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 470H
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., Economics, University of Minnesota
M.A., Economics, University of Minnesota
B.A., Economics, minor in Mathematics, Washington State University

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Kathryn L. Combs teaches courses in managerial economics and economics of strategy in the UST MBA programs. She has also taught at California State University - Los Angeles, the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California. Prior to this, she was a manager at Pacific Northwest Bell in Seattle, Washington. She earned her B.A. in economics at Washington State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Minnesota.

Combs has expertise in the economics of innovation, applied game theory, industrial organization and public finance. She has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, and received the 2000 Lang Rosen Gold Award for her article on limited liability companies and technology transfer in The Journal of Technology Transfer (April 1999). She is currently researching the economics of gambling, in particular state lotteries and state-regulated casino gambling. Her research focuses on the demand for such gambling products and how these gambling activities are used as a source of revenue for state governments.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
GBEC 600 - 111 Econ of Org and Management M - W - - - - 1015 - 1145 SCH 120
Description of course Econ of Org and Management : CRN: 42739
Economic oncepts offer a foundation for understanding managerial decision making within an organizational context and the interactions of organizations in the marketplace. A broad range of topics and concepts will be integrated into lectures, discussions, and case analyses. Topics include: the theory of the firm, including principal - agent issues and incentive contracts; market (demand and supply) analysis, competitive dynamics and strategy implications, internal and external labor markets, decision making in risk-related environments, and government policies affecting management decisions. The emphasis on the U.S. and on market-based economies will be considered in a global context. Prerequisite: DSCI600 or OPMT 600

Schedule Details

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GBEC 600 - 112 Econ of Org and Management M - W - - - - 0830 - 1000 SCH 120
Description of course Econ of Org and Management : CRN: 42740
Economic oncepts offer a foundation for understanding managerial decision making within an organizational context and the interactions of organizations in the marketplace. A broad range of topics and concepts will be integrated into lectures, discussions, and case analyses. Topics include: the theory of the firm, including principal - agent issues and incentive contracts; market (demand and supply) analysis, competitive dynamics and strategy implications, internal and external labor markets, decision making in risk-related environments, and government policies affecting management decisions. The emphasis on the U.S. and on market-based economies will be considered in a global context. Prerequisite: DSCI600 or OPMT 600

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
GBEC 600 - 203 Econ of Org and Management - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 355
Description of course Econ of Org and Management : CRN: 21998
Economic oncepts offer a foundation for understanding managerial decision making within an organizational context and the interactions of organizations in the marketplace. A broad range of topics and concepts will be integrated into lectures, discussions, and case analyses. Topics include: the theory of the firm, including principal - agent issues and incentive contracts; market (demand and supply) analysis, competitive dynamics and strategy implications, internal and external labor markets, decision making in risk-related environments, and government policies affecting management decisions. The emphasis on the U.S. and on market-based economies will be considered in a global context. Prerequisite: DSCI600 or OPMT 600

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GBEC 700 - 201 Economics of Strategy - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 460
Description of course Economics of Strategy : CRN: 21999
This course builds upon the basic competitive analysis and strategy skills introduced in ECON600. Students will employ theoretical concepts and statistical analyses to conduct an effective analysis of a market or industry and to formulate a suitable competitive strategy. Emphasis is on team analysis of case applications as well as the student's own industry and firm. Especially useful for students with strategic responsibilities or those considering a career in management consulting. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses including GBEC600

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Professor of Business Economics, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2006 - present)
  • Professor of Economics, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2002 - 2006)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1999 - 2002)
  • Associate Professor with tenure, California State University Department of Economics and Statistics, Los Angeles (1993 - 1999)
  • Visiting Faculty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1996 - 1999)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1997 - 1999)
  • Assistant Professor, California State University Department of Economics and Statistics, Los Angeles (1986 - 1992)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, (1989 - 1990)
  • Forecaster, Pacific Northwest Bell, Seattle (1979 - 1981)

Professional Memberships
  • American Economic Association
  • Economic Society
  • Minnesota Economic Association
  • Western Economic Association International
  • National Tax Association

Professional Service
  • Public Finance Review, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Lumen Christi Catholic Community, Other
  • Lumen Christi Catholic Community, Other

Publications
  • Combs, K. L., Crowley, J. E., & Spry, J. A. (2014). The effect of New Jersey lottery promotions on consumer demand and state profits. Eastern Economic Journal, (40), pp. 326-348
  • Combs, K. L., & Spry, J. A. (2012). Who plays the numbers games in the middle of the day?. Applied Economics, (44)(7), pp. 889-897
  • Combs, K. L., Gibson, S., Hays, J. M., Saly, P., & Wendt, J. T. (2008). Enhancing curriculum and delivery: Linking assessment to learning objectives. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, (33)(1), pp. 87-102
  • Combs, K. L., Kim, J., & Spry, J. A. (2008). The relative regressivity of seven lottery games. Applied Economics, (40)(1), pp. 35-39
  • Combs, K. L. (2005). The welfare effects of research and production joint ventures. Journal of Technology Transfer, (30)(1-2), pp. 227-239
  • Combs, K. L. (2003). Innovation policy in search of an economic foundation: The case of research partnerships in the United States. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, (15)(2), pp. 177-187
  • Audretsch, D., Bozeman,, B., Combs, K. L., Feldman, M., & Link, A. (2002). The economics of science and technology. Journal of Technology Transfer, (27)(1), pp. 155-203

Books and Chapters
  • Combs, K. L., & Spry, J. A. (2009). Economics of Betting Markets. In David Peel (Ed.), The relative regressivity of seven lottery games Ch 5. Routledge
  • Combs, K. L., & Gray, C. M. (2007). Managerial economics and organizational architecture 4th ed. McGraw-Hill
  • Combs, K. L., Gray, C. M., & Spry, J. A. (2007). Updated managerial economics and organizational architecture test bank. McGraw-Hill
  • Combs, K. L. (2005). Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R & D, Innovation, & Technological Change. In Albert N. Link & Frederic M. Scherer (Ed.), The welfare effects of research and production joint ventures. Springer

Research Interests
  • Competition
  • Public Finance
  • Applied Game Theory; Economics of Innovation; Economics of Gambling

Awards and Honors
  • OCB Research Enhancement Course Release Award, 2012
  • OCB Research Enhancement Course Release Award, 2011

Presentations