Margaret Bock

Assistant ProfessorEconomics

Margaret Bock is an applied microeconomist emphasizing urban/regional economics and public economics in her research. Her main focus of research involves topics concerning transportation. She was awarded the prestigious Benjamin H. Stevens Fellowship in Regional Science to fund her dissertation research to uncover causal links between transportation infrastructure and various economic and social outcomes in the United States. She continues this line of research, studying everything from the impact of HOV lanes on commuting times to the truck traffic caused by pork slaughterhouses. Often, she brings her research on transportation into the classroom to provide students with real-world examples of economic concepts.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Blemings, B., M. Bock, and A. Scarcioffolo. “Hoggin’ the Road: Pork Slaughterhouses Increase Heavy Truck Traffic, Reducing Road Quality.” Working Paper.

Bock, M. “The Causal Effect of High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes on Commuting Times in California.” Working Paper.

Bock, M. “Digitizing using QGIS: Active Learning in Urban Economics.” Working Paper.

Bock, M. and B. Blemings. “The Empirical Local Political Economy of Road Maintenance.” Working Paper.

Bock, M. “Unintended Consequences of the Appalachian Development Highway System on Mortality.” Working Paper.

Bock, M. “Using GIMP and QGIS to Digitize More Efficiently.” Working Paper.

Bock, M., A. Cardazzi, and B. Humphreys. “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Pavement Damage Reduces Traffic Safety and Speed.” Working Paper.


Book Chapters

Asquith, B. and M. Bock. The Case for Dynamic Cities. In progress.

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Bock, M. (2021). The first to legalize: Demographic and spatial influences on Colorado Amendment 64. Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice, 36(1), 25-40.

Bock, M. (2019). The Impact of Family on the Success of Female Entrepreneurs in Vietnam. Mid-Continent Regional Science Association 2018 Conference Proceedings, pp. 30-54.

Book Reviews

Bock, M. (2018). Review of the book Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, by Shearmur, R., Carrincazeaux, C., & Doloreux, D., in The Review of Regional Studies 48(3), 432-434. 

External Awards, Honors, Grants

External Grants

2020-2021: Benjamin H. Stevens Fellowship in Regional Science ($30,000) North American Regional Science Council

2019-2020: Economics of Transportation in the 21st Century Initiative ($76,758) National Bureau of Economic Research, National Science Foundation

Honors and Awards

2021     Cliff Hawley Award, West Virginia University

2020     Best Graduate Student Author Paper (1st Runner-Up), North  American Regional Science Council

2020     Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, West Virginia University

2019     Burks Family Fund for Economic Research, West Virginia University

2019     APEE Young Scholar Program Award

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

2021: EEA 2021*, AEA CTREE (Participant)*, NBER New Directions in Transportation Economics (Participant)*, NARSC 2021

2020: Temple University Seminar*, SEA 2020*, NARSC 2020*, University of North Texas Economics Research Group Workshop*, UEA 2020*, NBER Economics of Transportation in the 21st Century*, UEA PhD Student Workshop* (Participant), WEAI 2020* Session Chair (Vehicles: Congestion, Pollution and Health), SRSA Virtual Conference*

2019: NARSC 2019 Session Chair (Transportation II), Scaled-Up Seminar at Susquehanna University, MCRSA 2019, APEE 2019

2018: MCRSA 2018 Session Chair (Entrepreneurship), AERUS 2018 Session Chair (Policy Analysis)

*online setting due to COVID-19 pandemic

Academic or Professional Associations

American Economic Association, Eastern Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Regional Science International Association, North American Regional Science Association, Southern Regional Science Association, Urban Economic Association

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Journal referee for: Journal of Entrepreneurship and Economic Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice