Christopher McCarty, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher McCarty is director of the UF Survey Research Center and the director of the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Dr. McCarty received an undergraduate degree in anthropology from West Virginia University in 1980 and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida in 1992. He has conducted research in Mexico, and West Africa. He has consulted with USAID on projects in Cameroon, Ghana and Jamaica.
Dr. McCarty's current research interests are in the area of social networks. He has worked on the adaptation of traditional network methods to large-scale telephone and field surveys and the estimation of hard-to-count population, such as the homeless and those who are HIV positive. His most recent work is in the area of personal network structure. He has developed a program called EgoNet for the collection and analysis of personal network data.
Dr. McCarty also conducts a variety of studies concerning economic issues in Florida using data generated by BEBR's monthly survey. The Consumer Sentiment Index is produced from one of these surveys. He has published in several social science journals and presented papers at a variety of professional meetings. Dr. McCarty is the liaison between the Survey Program and clients who use BEBR's survey services.