Bree Dority, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Associate Dean, College of Business & Technology | Associate Professor, Economics

University of Nebraska at Kearney



Bree Dority has done extensive work on issues that directly affect the stakeholders of the University of Nebraska and the people of Nebraska. She has conducted economic impact, labor availability and community revitalization studies, and has presented and published research on school consolidation, tobacco free laws and ethanol, topics of particular relevance to rural Nebraska communities. Prior to joining UNK, Dr. Dority was an Associate at Analysis Group, an economic consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. Her research has been published in Energy Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, and the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Bree’s economic impact work on rural labor and school consolidation is regularly cited and continues to be used in decision-making by rural practitioners, businesses, and school administrators in Nebraska.


  • Doctorate in economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Applied economics
  • Policy at the local and regional levels


  • “America’s Best Communities: Kearney Revitalization Plan,” with Reed Miller, Brenda Jensen, Eric Hellriegel, Jennie Meister, and Shawn Kaskie, Buffalo County Community Partners, 2015.


  • Economics


  • “Relationship between Ethanol and Gasoline: AIDS Approach,” with Frank Tenkorang, Deborah Bridges, and Eddery Lam, Energy Economics, (2015) 50, 63-69.
  • “Economic Issues in School Consolidation in Nebraska,” with Eric Thompson, Great Plains Research Journal, (2013) 23, 145-157.
  • “Local and Statewide Smoke-Free Laws in Nebraska: the Effects on Keno Establishments,” with Mary McGarvey, Eric Thompson, and Jyosthna Sainath, Contemporary Economic Policy, (2013) 31(3), 549-564
  • Crane Study articles
  • Tourists who visit central Nebraska for sandhill crane migration spend millions by Rick Ruggles, World-Herald staff writer. Jul 17, 2017.