Tracy Collins

Associate Professor of Economics


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Ace Academic Center 134


Social Science 102


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Ph.D., Economics, North Carolina State University
M.E., Economics, North Carolina State University
M.I.S, International Studies, North Carolina State University
B.S., International Business, The University of Paderborn, Germany

Professor Collins’s research focus is primarily in the field of Economic Growth and Development. She has researched the role that technology diffusion plays in a country’s pattern of growth and the effect that trade liberalization has on technology diffusion. She has investigated the transition of the Russian Federation from a centralized to a market economy, and she is currently analyzing the determinants of sustainable and equitable economic growth and development.

Professor Collins has worked internationally for two Fortune 500 companies. She worked in the Purchasing, Logistics, and Accounting Departments of Siemens AG in Germany and Spain. She was hired by HP in Barcelona, Spain, and she worked for a division of HP that eventually split off from the company and was subsequently renamed Agilent Technologies. After her short stint at Agilent Technologies, she worked in the Marketing Department of Pirelli Tyres SpA in Spain and Italy, eventually becoming one of the youngest junior managers at the company. Professor Collins has travelled to almost 60 countries in North, Central, and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and she speaks fluent German and Spanish.

Recent Courses

Introductory Microeconomics
International Business
Intermediate Micro
Health Economics
Behavioral Economics
Development Economics
Economic Growth and Development in Asia
International Economics
International Trade


Collins, Tracy. 2018. “Pursuing Efficiency: A DEA Analysis of Microfinance Institutions in Latin America.” Applied Economics Letters. 

Collins, Tracy. 2016. “Innovation and Imitation: Complements or Substitutes?” Applied Economics Letters.

Collins, Tracy. 2015. “Imitation: A Catalyst for Innovation and Endogenous Growth.” Economic Modelling.