Alicia Plemmons is an Assistant Professor and CAS Undergraduate Economics Program Director in the Department of Economics & Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Research Affiliate of the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University. She’s also the co-founder and leader of the Medical Licensure and Scope of Practice Research Group hosted out of the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. Her research uses applied spatial and econometric methods to determine how policy changes affect labor markets. She studies how to create environments that facilitate healthy economic growth and business development through research that seeks to understand the motivations that determine entry, operation, and exit decisions of firms, laborers, and consumers. My primary research focuses on understanding how occupational regulation affects underrepresented minority communities and entrepreneurship.
Plemmons teaching specializes in Public Economics courses related to taxation and expenditure at the local, state, and national levels. Her students are introduced to public policy design and implementation through meeting with developers at all levels of government and designing policy recommendations.