John Spry

Associate Professor, Finance

jaspry@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-4689

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

Ph.D., Economics, University of Rochester
M.A., Economics, University of Rochester
B.S., Economics major, Math minor, The Ohio State University

See publications in UST Research Online

John A. Spry is an associate professor in the Finance Department. He earned his B.S. in economics at Ohio State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Rochester. He has been a member of the faculty at Rutgers University and was a visiting professor at Brandeis University and Ball State University. He has authored several publications in scholarly journals, has made frequent conference presentations and has served as a reviewer for academic journals. His current areas of research are state and local public finance, the economics of state lotteries, the effects of tax rates on tax bases and applied non-parametric econometrics. His work as a consultant includes a report on the economics and taxation of riverboat casinos for the Indiana Legislature and a report on tax expenditures and the budget process for the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He was a member of the Minnesota Governor's 21st Century Tax Reform Commission.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
FINC 450 - 01 Int'l Financial Management - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 117
Description of course Int'l Financial Management : CRN: 42725
The management of foreign and multinational financial operations. On the basis of international finance theory, students will learn foreign exchange risk management, foreign investment analysis, the financing of foreign operations, comparative accounting, international banking and international tax management. Prerequisites: FINC 324, MATH 109 or 111 or 113, and BETH 301

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GBEC 600 - 201 Econ of Org and Management - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 353
Description of course Econ of Org and Management : CRN: 42741
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
FINC 450 - 01 Int'l Financial Management M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 114
Description of course Int'l Financial Management : CRN: 21983
The management of foreign and multinational financial operations. On the basis of international finance theory, students will learn foreign exchange risk management, foreign investment analysis, the financing of foreign operations, comparative accounting, international banking and international tax management. Prerequisites: FINC 324, MATH 109 or 111 or 113, and BETH 301

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GBEC 515 - 501 Prin of Econ Analysis - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 351
Description of course Prin of Econ Analysis : CRN: 21995
This class is for MBC Degree students only. Presents techniques for analyzing the U.S. economy and applies those techniques to consumer behavior and business decisions. Develop your critical thinking skills through analysis of the national economy, employment, inflation, economic growth and the role of government. Current national and global issues are explored. -- Fullfills MBC core requirement

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GBEC 600 - 201 Econ of Org and Management M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 353
Description of course Econ of Org and Management : CRN: 21996
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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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor of Finance, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2007 - present)
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2006 - 2007)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2003 - 2006)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Ball State University, (2001 - 2003)
  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (1999 - 2002)
  • Lecturer, Brandeis University, Waltham (1998 - 1999)
  • Lecturer, University of Rochester, Rochester (1996 - 1998)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Rochester, Rochester (1995 - 1997)

Professional Memberships
  • American Economic Association
  • Econometric Society
  • Minnesota Economic Association
  • Southern Economic Association
  • Western Economic Association
  • National Tax Association

Professional Service
  • Applied Economics, Reviewer

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
  • Blumenthal, M., Kalambokidis, L., Kiedrowski, P. J., Spry, J. A., Temple, J., & Wahl, J. (2011). Tax expenditure review report: Bringing tax expenditures into the budget process. State Tax Notes, (Doc 2011-5959), p.171
  • Combs, K. L., Kim, J., & Spry, J. A. (2008). The relative regressivity of seven lottery games. Applied Economics, (40)(1), pp. 35-39
  • Spry, J. A. (2005). The effects of fiscal competition on local property and income tax reliance. Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy, (5)(1), pp. 1-19
  • Spry, J. A., & Crowley, J. E. (2004). Assessing the impact of monopoly toll road service areas. Eastern Economic Journal, (30)(3), pp. 381-397
  • Spry, J. A., Coelho, P. R., & McClure, J. E. (2003). The social responsibility of management: A reprise. Mid-American Journal of Business, (18)(2), pp. 51-55
  • Spry, J. A., Coelho, P. R., & McClure, J. E. (2003). The social responsibility of corporate management: A classical critique. Mid-American Journal of Business, (18)(1), pp. 15-24

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., & Spry, J. A. (2007). Updated managerial economics and organizational architecture test bank. McGraw-Hill
  • Spry, J. A., Coelho, P. R., & McClure, J. E. (2004). Corporate Social Responsibility: Contemporary Insights.. The social responsibility of corporate management: A classical critique, Ch 3 (pp. 54-76). Hyderabad, India: CAFAI Press

Research Interests
  • Competition
  • Economic Markets - Domestic
  • Governance
  • Public Finance

Presentations