Dr. Michael Toma, Director
Dr. Michael Toma is an economist specializing in urban and regional economic analysis. He joined Armstrong Atlantic State University in 1997 after having previously worked at two regional planning commissions in Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
In 2000, he was appointed as the director of AASU's Center for Regional Analysis. He has authored or co-authored over twenty-five manuscripts on regional economic activity and has been awarded grant funds totaling over $725,000. His applied research includes studies of regional economic conditions and forecasting, market and tourism studies, economic impact analysis, and survey-based research on consumer satisfaction, expenditure patterns, and attitudes toward to tobacco use and use prevention. Savannah's Business Report and Journal named him as one of "40 under 40" notable Savannahians for 2003. The following year, Georgia Trend magazine selected him as one of Georgia's best and brightest Georgians under 40.
Dr. Toma's academic research interests are regional economics, monetary and macroeconomics, and public choice. He has published articles in the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Public Choice, Atlantic Economic Journal, Journal of Economics and Finance, International Review of Economics and Business, Coastal Business Journal, New York Economic Review, and the Journal of Economics and Finance Education. He serves on the editorial board of the Southern Business Review and is an active member of the Academy of Economics and Finance.
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