Research Interests

          My primary area of research has been the analysis of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.  As the amendments introduce the first nation-wide, systematic use of market mechanisms in environmental policy, the results of the experiment are of interest to all.  I am also interested in evaluating the impact of government policy in other areas.  I have examined the potential impact of excise taxes on the Florida sugar industry and I am in the process of investigating the importance of pricing policy on specialty license plates. 

          Recently, I have begun devoting more time to issues in economic education.  I am particularly interested in effective mechanisms for introducing economic content and reasoning into the high school curriculum.    Recent availability of End-of-Course Testing data has allowed us to look at how different approaches of preparing teachers to teach economics impacts student performance.   

 

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You may contact Dr. Swinton at john.swinton@gcsu.edu

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