William H. Miernyk is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Director Emeritus of the Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University. He was Professor of Economics and Director of the Bureau of Economic Research at the University of Colorado. He also taught at Northeastern University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served as an economic consultant for private and government agencies. Professor Miernyk received his B.A. (1946) and M.A. (1947) from the University of Colorado, and an M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1953) from Harvard University. He is the author/co-writer of twelve books, contributed to twenty-eight additional books, authored more than 144 monographs and articles and reviews. He received the first Distinguished Scholar Award presented by the Regional Science Association, an international organization with members in 67 nations.
Miernyk's interests and contributions to knowledge have focused on a much broader set of topics within and beyond regional science. His research interests have included such topics as pollution abatement, energy prices, unemployment, labor force participation, and migration in the Appalachian states. He has served as a consultant for, among many others, U.S. Senate committees, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and The World Bank. Known for his critical insight, rigor, and excellence in research, his writing is clear and concise. In addition to numerous contributions to the academic literature, Miernyk extended his sphere of influence to the general public through weekly columns in the Charleston Gazette.
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