Dr. Mark J. Perry is a full professor of economics at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and finance since 1996.  Starting in the fall of 2009, Perry has also held a joint appointment as a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University and an MBA degree in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Perry has been best known in recent years as the creator and editor of one the nation’s most popular economics blog, Carpe Diem.  Perry has written on a daily basis since the fall of 2006 to share his thoughts, opinions and expertise on economic issues, with a strong emphasis on displaying economic data in a visually appealing way using graphs, charts and tables.

In addition to an active scholarly research agenda, Perry enjoys writing guest editorials for a general audience on current economic issues and his opinion pieces have appeared in most major newspapers around the country, including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, Washington Examiner, Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, The Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and many others.

By Dr. Mark J. Perry

Gas Prices Are Complex, but Not Mysterious

Mackinac scholar explains the origins of gas prices. … more

Good News About the Bad Economy

Labor Gains

American workers have achieved a gold-medal year. … more

Jobs Outsourcing: Beneficial Trade by Another Name

Outsourcing greatly lowers our cost of consumption, raises our standard of living tremendously and directly supports many jobs. … more

Consumer, Not Corporate, "Greed" Is Ultimately Behind Layoffs

A business writer at one of Michigan's largest daily newspapers recently denounced corporations, blasting layoffs by "heartless" businesspeople who apparently relish giving out pink slips. But corporations do not act in a vacuum: they are merely responding to the demands of consumers, who by buying or not buying certain products determine which corporations stay in business and which fail. … more

It's Time to Give Overtaxed Americans a Break

Taxpayers might make louder demands for relief if they understood that as a percentage of total national income, federal taxes are higher than at any other time in U.S. history. … more

Cost of Government Goes Up While Costs of Living Go Down

Government taxes, spending, and regulation gobble up roughly half of the average American's earnings. Lawmakers must work to rein in Leviathan's out-of-control growth. … more

Intuition and Good Intentions Are Not Enough to Help Disadvantaged Workers

As counterintuitive as it may seem, the minimum wage harms the very workers whom we want to help-unskilled, inexperienced teenage workers and disadvantaged minorities. … more

Trying to Define a Foreign-Made Car Will Drive You Crazy

The UAW and other unions routinely urge Michiganians to "buy American," but the growth of the global economy has forever blurred the lines between "foreign made" autos and those "made in the USA." … more