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Kathleen M. Sheehan, PhD

Associate Professor

Kathleen M. Sheehan, PhD


Heider College of Business
Economics & Finance - Business
Institute for Economic Inquiry
HARP - Harper Center for Student Life & Learn - 3012

Kathleen M. Sheehan, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Kathleen Sheehan is an Associate Professor of Economics and a Scholar in the Institute for Economic Inquiry in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. She earned a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Capital University and completed her MA and PhD in Economics from West Virginia University.  Dr. Sheehan is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. 

Her primary fields of research are Institutional Analysis and Public Economics with an emphasis on the role of economic freedom, property rights, and regulations. She seeks to examine how the market economy and access to the market impact development and human flourishing. Dr. Sheehan has published in many academic outlets including Contemporary Economic Policy and the European Journal of Political Economy. She has been an invited speaker for conferences in Ecuador and multiple central European countries, speaking on the role of property rights and economic freedom for entrepreneurship and economic development.   

At Creighton, Dr. Sheehan teaches Microeconomics, Comparative Economics, and the Economics of Sports. She leads student reading groups on economics and regularly partners with students on undergraduate research. Dr. Sheehan is also the faculty advisor for the Creighton Baseball Analytics Team.   

Research Focus

Institutional Economics, Public Economics, Development Economics


Economics and Finance


Associate Professor


  • Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform
    Diana Thomas Gender, Race, and Earnings: The Divergent Effects of Occupational Licensing on the Distribution of Earnings and Access to the Economy 2020


  • Sport, Business and Management
    Diego Gutierrez, Kristie Briggs, and James J. Zboja Impact of Special Events and Fan-Player Bonding on Identified Fan Consumption - A Study of Professional Soccer in the United States
    13(2), p. 141-160 2023
  • Review of Regional Studies
    Adam Hoffer Expenditure Effects from the 2010 Washington Soda Tax
    50, p. 127-141 2020
  • Journal of Private Enterprise
    Molly Myers The Impact of Certificate of Need Laws on Emergency Department Wait Times
    35, p. 59-75 2020
  • New York Economic Review
    E. Frank Stephenson Will Columbus Miss the Crew? Major League Soccer and Hotel Occupancy
    51, p. 16-22 2020
  • Journal of Developing Areas
    Kristie Briggs Service Trade Liberalization and Economic Growth
    53, p. 101-114 2019
  • Forum for Social Economics
    Peter J. Boettke and Joshua C. Hall Was Adam Smith Right About Religious Competition?
    49(4), p. 392-401 2016
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
    Andrew T. Young Its a Small World After All: Internet Access and Institutional Quality
    33 (4), p. 1-19 2015
  • European Journal of Political Economy
    Andrew T. Young Foreign Aid, Institutional Quality, and Growth
    36, p. 195-208 2014
  • International Journal of Sport Finance
    Robert A. Lawson and E. Frank Stephenson Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham's Effect on MLS Ticket Sales
    3, p. 189-195 2008