Dale Truett, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Economics


  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A. Purdue University


Dale Truett is a professor emeritus of economics. He joined the UTSA faculty in 1973 after teaching at the University of Florida and Florida International University. He retired in 2019. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967, his M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in social sciences from Purdue University. He was founding chairman of the Department of Economics at Florida International University and was UTSA’s first director of the Division of Economics and Finance. His biographical data have appeared in the following Marquis publications: Who’s Who in AmericaWho’s Who in American EducationWho’s Who in Finance and Business; and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

Research Interests

Dr. Truett’s current research activities, frequently carried out with his co-author, Dr. Lila Truett, include industry studies, applied international trade issues and topics in the theory of the firm. He has also co-authored three textbooks with Dr. Lila Truett. He has twice received the Carlos Alvarez College of Business Advisory Council Research Award. In recognition of his contributions to research and teaching, he was awarded an Ashbel Smith Professorship, UTSA’s highest honor for professional scholarship in 1997. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Texas at Austin and the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. Also, he has traveled to over 35 countries and has done research in many of these.

Dr. Truett’s current areas of teaching include managerial economics, microeconomic theory and macroeconomics. He has previously taught courses in international economics, international finance and financial management.

Selected Publications

  • “Cost Relationships and Challenges in the Spanish Apparel Industry,” with L. J. Truett, Applied Economics, forthcoming.
  • “Cost Relationships and Globalization in the Australian Clothing Industry,” Applied Economics, Vol. 49, No. 46, July 2017, pp. 4638-4656.
  • “The German Motor Vehicle Industry: Costs and Crisis,” (with Lila Truett), International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 48, March 2017, pp. 49-55.
  • “The Motor Vehicle Industry in an Emerging Nation: The Case of Brazil,” (with L. J. Truett), Applied Economics, Vol. 48, No. 23, 2016, pp. 2170-2182.
  • “The Spanish Textile Industry Sans ATC Quota Protection,” (with L. J. Truett), International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 30, No. 3, May 2016, pp. 357-376.
  • “The South Korean Auto Industry’s Path to Maturity,” with L. J. Truett, International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 31, May 2014, pp. 86-94.
  • “A Ray of Hope? Another Look at the Italian Textile Industry,” with L. J. Truett, Empirical Economics, Vol. 46, No. 2, March 2014, pp. 525-542.
  • “Whither Germany and the EMU in a Challenging Environment?” with L. J. Truett,  Australian Economic Papers, Vol. 51, No. 1, March 2012, pp. 55-69.
  • “The Korean Textile Industry:  Still Competitive After All These Years?” with L. J. Truett, Applied Economics, Vol. 43, No. 22, September 2011, pp. 2983-2992.
  • “New Challenges for the South African Textile and Apparel Industries in the Global Economy,” with L. J. Truett, Journal of Economic Development, Vol. 35, No. 4, December 2010, pp. 73-91.
  • “Globalization Challenges for the Mexican Textile Industry,” with L. J. Truett,The International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 19, No. 4, October 2010, pp. 733-741.
  • “Firm Size and Efficiency in the South African Motor Vehicle Industry,”with L. J. Truett,  Australian Economic Papers, Vol. 48, No. 4, December 2009, pp. 333-41.
  • “Challenges for France in the Emerging International Environment: A Dynamic Analysis,” with L. J. Truett, Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 27, No. 4, October 2009, pp. 566-573.
  • “Insourcing, Outsouring, and Unemployment in the Spanish Auto Industry,” with L. J. Truett, Review of Development Economics, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2008, pp. 702-713.
  • “A Cost-Based Analysis of Scale Economies in the French Auto Industry,” with L. J. Truett, International Review of Economics and Finance, Vol. 16, No. 3, 2007, pp. 369-382.
  • “Production and Cost Characteristics of the South African Motor Vehicle Industry,” with L. J. Truett, Applied Economics, Vol. 38, No. 20, November 2007, pp. 2381-2392.
  • “A Cost Function Analysis of Import Demand in South Africa,” with L. J. Truett, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 70, April 2003, pp. 425-442.
  • “The Aggregate Demand/Aggregate Supply Model: A Premature Requiem?” with L. J. Truett, The American Economist, Vol. 42, No. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 71-75.
  • “Economies of Scale in the Mexican Automotive Sector,” with L. J. Truett, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 4, October 1996, pp. 429-446.
  • “The Translog Cost Function and Demand for Imports: The Case of Mexico,” with L. J. Truett and B. Apostolakis, Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 60, No. 3, January 1994, pp. 685-700.
  • “The Demand for Life Insurance in Mexico and the United States,” with L. J. Truett, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Vol. 57, No. 2, June 1990, pp. 321-328.
  • Economics with L. J. Truett, St. Louis, Missouri:  Times Mirror/Mosby College Publishing, 1987.
  • “Texas in International Trade,” with Paul Bartlett and Lila Flory, in Louis J. Rodriguez, ed., Dynamics of Growth: An Economic Profile of Texas, Austin: Madrona Press, 1978, pp. 222-43..
  • “Comment: Professor Kaldor on Inflation, Growth, and Technological Change,” in D. Geithman, ed., Fiscal Policy for Industrial Development in Latin America, University of Florida Press: 1974.
  • “Returns to Scale and Outlay: An Ambiguity in the Theory of Production and Cost,” with D. Geithman, Economia Internazionale, Maggio 1974, pp. 3-13.
  • “Classical Production Functions, Technical Optimality, and Scale Adjustments of the Firm,” with B. Roberts, American Economic Review, December 1973, pp. 975-82.
  • “The Elasticity of Expansion and Scale Adjustments of the Firm,” American Economic Review, December 1971, pp. 962-65.
  • “Industrial Promotion Policies and Strategies in Latin America,” appears as a substantial part of Ch. 5 in United Nations Industrial Development Survey, Vienna: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, 1971.