Jim Murdoch, PhD
Dr. Jim Murdoch is Senior Vice President at 2M Research, and has over 30 years of experience conducting applied econometric research and program evaluations. He has been the author and co-author on a number of scientific publications that have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Dr. Murdoch has worked with Dr. Marcus Martin for over 10 years on a variety of relevant applied research projects, including several program evaluations, a study of the well-being of children in Dallas County, Texas, as well as the creation of Dallas Indicators, Analyze Dallas, and the Dallas Wholeness Index. They received grant funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to study the effectiveness of off-campus exposure to health occupations. The study employed random assignment and follow-up on a group of college-bound students from the Dallas Independent School District. Dr. Murdoch has been the Principal Investigator on a large NSF-funded longitudinal study of health and educational outcomes of residents in a low-income minority area of Dallas County, Texas. He currently produces annual predictions of the market values of residential property in Dallas County, Texas using a multi-equation model based on historical sales transactions.
Dr. Murdoch has had a distinguished career in academia and is the former Dean of the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he remains a tenured faculty member in the Department of Economics. He also has an adjunct faculty appointment at UT Southwestern Medical School in the Health Science Division. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Evaluation Association, AcademyHealth, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. His core focus areas include applied economics, spatial econometrics, public policy, and large scale data modeling. Currently, Dr. Murdoch serves as Project Manager for a number of projects under 2M’s contract work with USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and he contributes to 2M’s contract work with the Department of Labor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming and his Bachelor of Economics from Grand Valley State College.