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Dr. Benjamin Blair

The Butler Center for Business and Economic Research

Dr. Benjamin F. Blair


Associate Professor of Economics
Sarah T. Butler Endowed Chair
Director, Butler Center for Business and Economic Research


Department of Finance and Accounting


Professor Blair joins the Turner College of Business after a successful career in teaching and research at Mississippi State University. He has been successful in teaching and conducting academic as well as contract research. His main research interests are regional in nature. A University of Florida graduate, he was also assistant professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and associate professor at Mississippi State University. He has numerous publications in a variety of areas in microeconomics such as employee job satisfaction, design of contracting mechanisms to solve the principal agent problem, optimal pricing mechanisms for electricity generation, welfare effects of deregulation, and retail gasoline pricing.

The chair was endowed to honor Sarah Turner Butler's commitment to excellence in all things and to enhance the mission of the D. Abbott Turner College of Business that bears her father's name. As holder of the Sarah T. Butler chair, Professor Blair will serve as director of the newly established Butler Center for Business and Economic Research.

Educational Background:

BS, Computer Science, University of Florida (1985)
MS, Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida (1987)
PhD, Economics, University of Florida (1992)

Specialty Area:

Regional Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics

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