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John J. Perry

Professor of Economics and Business

Pre-M.B.A. Advisor

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BS: Economics, Centre College
MS: Management, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 
MS and PhD: Economics, University of Kentucky


John Perry is a professor of economics and business. He joined the Centre faculty in 2007, was named a Centre Scholar in 2010 and was awarded the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2017. In 2019, Perry was appointed to and continues to serve on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Consensus Forecasting Group.

Perry is an applied, empirical microeconomist with an active research agenda. His primary areas of expertise are labor and health economics. His most recent papers investigate the labor market impacts of medical malpractice reform on health and legal labor markets and economics education. In the past, he has written and published on topics ranging from expanded legalized gambling to college admissions, to the impact of non-physician practitioners receiving greater practice authority. In 2012, Perry won the National Association of Business Economists’ Abramson Award for his work on medical liability’s impact on the physician labor market. 

Perry graduated from Centre in 2000 with a degree in economics. He worked as an actuary with Milliman USA, returning to full-time studies at the University of Kentucky where he earned an M.S. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) in economics.  While completing his Ph.D., Perry worked for the nonpartisan Legislative Research Commission of the General Assembly of Kentucky where he had research duties over health, labor, and gaming issues.

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