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Sean Mulholland

Sean Mulholland


College of Business

School of Economics, Management, and Project Management

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Phone: 828.227.3169
Office: 224B Forsyth Building
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Mulholland is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He has published research articles on a wide variety of topics, including human capital and economic growth, white supremacist groups and hate crimes, school competition and student performance, and Uber and drunk driving. His research has appeared in many journals, including the <i>Journal of Economic Growth</i>, <i>Public Choice</i>, <i>Economics Letters</i>, and <i>Economics of Education Review</i>. His co-authored paper, “Ride-Sharing, Fatal Crashes, and Crime” was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize for the best academic article published in the <i>Southern Economic Journal</i> in 2018. His work has been covered by Ballotpedia, Politifact, National Review, and Tyler Cowen on Mulholland was awarded the 2018-2019 College of Business Faculty Excellence Award, the 2017-2018 Honors College Board of Directors Faculty Excellence Award, and the 2017-2018 College of Business Excellence in Research Award. He has held faculty positions at Boston College, Stonehill College, and Mercer University. Mulholland has guided more than a dozen undergraduate research projects. He has served as a faculty mentor at seminars sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) and led discussions at the Center for Excellence in Education’s Research Science Institute at MIT. Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Mulholland earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Clemson University. He lives in Franklin, North Carolina with his wife, Western Carolina University economist Angela K. Dills, and their three children.


  • Ph D, Clemson University, Applied Economics
  • MA, Clemson University, Economics
  • BS, Clemson University, Economics
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