Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise
126 Rogers Building (R)

Carl C. Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics

"My primary goal is to teach students to think analytically. I believe that the best way to evaluate teaching effectiveness is on the basis of learning outcomes. My evaluations of students are primarily based on essay examinations. The exam is a learning tool, compelling the student to put it all together, to make sense of the entire concept and explain it coherently: show me what you have… explain how this works… what does this mean."

Dr. Brown moved to Florida Southern in the fall of 1980 with his son being born on the first day of classes. His wife, Susanne, is a special education teacher, and they also have two grown daughters. Prior to coming to FSC, he was an assistant professor at Hiram College in Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Oklahoma State University with specializations in Industrial Organization and International Trade and Finance. He has also taught at the University of South Florida, Eckerd College, and Hillsborough Community College. He served as Chair of the School of Business & Economics at FSC for six years, and was appointed the Chatlos Professor of Business & Economics in 1993.

Much of his professional development has focused on efforts to measure and evaluate economic performance at the local level. Dr. Brown was among the first to employ the statistical technique of factor analysis to devise a single numerical measure of economic activity back when he began writing the Polk Progress Report in the fourth quarter of 1983. Dr. Brown has served as an expert witness in legal proceedings concerning estimates of economic loss due to death and injury, and as a witness before such bodies as the Florida Public Utilities Commission. He has also served as an economic consultant to such private entities as the Lakeland Mall and other local business enterprises.

Dr. Brown spends each of his summers at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. While there, he attends daily lectures by world-renowned experts on a wide range of contemporary and thought-provoking subjects. He is very active in the life of the Institution, having recently completed his second four-year term as a member of its Board of Trustees.


Ph.D. in Economics, Oklahoma State University
M.A. in Economics, University of South Florida
B.S. in Business Administration, Florida Southern College

Honors and Awards

The William F. Chatlos Professorship in Business and Economics

Recent publications

Polk Progress, Economic Report published quarterly since Quarter 4, 1983.

“Determinants of Student Demand at Florida Southern College”, in Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics, Volume 4.

“The Impact of Changing Diversification on Stability and Growth in a Regional Economy”, in     Research in Business and Economics Journal, Volume 5.

Various Professional studies including “Economic and Population Growth in North Lakeland”, “An Assessment of Strategy of Lakeland Mall”, “A Benefit/Cost Analysis of Phosphate Reclamation”, “The Economic Impact of New Industry”, “The Impact of Globalization.”