Jason Alix Coupet PhD

Associate Professor

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Jason Coupet is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at NC State. Jason’s PhD is in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. His research interests include strategic management, Data Envelopment Analysis, performance measurement, organizational economics, research methods, and the political economy of organizations. He was also a National Science Foundation Mentoring Fellow in Economics at Duke University. His research has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Performance & Management Review, Business Strategy & the Environment, Administration & Society, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership, among others. His work has been funded by the Sloan Foundation, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

He also enjoys food, running, weigtlifting, and is a college and pro basketball nut. 

Teaching and Research Interests

Performance measurementEfficiencyEconomics of organizations, Strategic management, Applied political economy, Transportation Management


 “Tech transfer tradeoffs? An exploration of the substitutability of research commercialization outcomes” w/ Yuhao Ba

 “Beyond cost cutting: empirically centering values in public sector efficiency”

 “Panel Data Analysis for Nonprofit Management” w/ Jessica Haynie and Yuhao Ba

Funded Research

Principal Investigator: Using Raster Suitability Analysis for Transit STI processes. Co-PI: Joy Davis, Weston Head, Steven Bert. ITRE. Funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 2020- July 2021. (20% Effort) Contract of $215,469. To supplement the NCDOT project selection with RSA. (Project delayed due to COVID19)

Principal Investigator: Measuring the Efficiency of the Research Enterprise. Funded by Institute for Research on Innovation & Science at the University of Michigan. January 2018 – March 2019. Contract of $29,966. To develop aggregate productivity and efficiency measures for NSF, NIH, and FDA grantmaking.

Linking philanthropy and performance at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (SRA Grant), $4,000

Co-PI: Investigating Community and Child Protection Team Collaboratives. Pennell, J. Principal Investigator and Project Director, Supporting Family-Centered Practice, funded by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, July 2016-June 2017, contract of $253,478.

Scholarship Research Award, $3,000. NC State, 2015-2016

Diversifying Faculty Fellowship, $56,000 ($14k/year), State of Illinois, 2012-2014

Grace Holt Memorial Award, $1,000. UIC, 2013


Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Coupet, J. Are governments better than donors at rewarding nonprofit performance? A dynamic panel approach. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. (Revise and Resubmit)

Coupet, J., Broussard, P. “Do donors reward to nonprofit performance? Evidence from housing." Public Performance and Management Review (Forthcoming).

Coupet, J., Berrett, J.*, Broussard, P.*, & Johnson, B.* “Benchmarking nonprofit organizations with Data Envelopment Analysis.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (Forthcoming).

Farruggia, S., Solomon, B., Back, L. & Coupet, J. (2020). “Partnerships between Universities and Nonprofit Transition Coaching Organizations to Increase Student Success.” Journal of Community Psychology (Forthcoming).                     

Coupet, J., Albrecht, K.*, Williams, T*. and Farruggia, S. (2019) Collaborative Value in Public and Nonprofit Strategic Alliances: Evidence from Transition Coaching. Administration and Society, 52(3).

Barnum, D., Coupet, J., Gleason, J., McWilliams, A., & Parhankangas, A. (2018). Bias in transportation efficiency estimates caused by misspecified DEA models. Transportation Research: Part A (Under Review).

Coupet, J. & Haynie, J. (2018). The overhead ratio is not a measure of efficiency. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 29(3).

Coupet, J. (2018). Exploring the Link Between Government Funding and Nonprofit Efficiency. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 29(1).

Coupet, J. & McWilliams, A. (2017). Integrating Organizational Economics and Resource Dependence Theory to Explain the Persistence of Quasi-Markets, Administrative Science, 7(3), 29.

Coupet, J. (2017). Strings attached? Linking HBCUs’ dual revenue sources and efficiency. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 39(1), 40-57.

Barnum, D., Coupet, J., Gleason, J., McWilliams, A., & Parhankangas, A. (2017). Impact of input substitution and output transformation on data envelopment analysis decisions. Applied Economics, 49(15), 1543-1556.

McWilliams, A., Parhankangas, A., Coupet, J., Welch, E., and Barnum, D. (2016). Managing the Triple Bottom Line: Using DEA to address social responsibility. Business Strategy and the Environment. 25(3). 193-204. 

Coupet, J. (2013). Black colleges, competitive advantages, and resource dependence: a chow test of production functions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. 35(4). 355-369.

Coupet, J. & Barnum, D. (2011). HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] efficiency and endowments: An exploratory analysis. International Journal of Educational Advancement. 10(3). 186-197.

Coupet E., & Coupet, J. (2007). Real exchange rates and the trade balance: Beyond the J-Curve. The Journal of American Academy of Business, 10(2), 56-64.

Coupet, E. & Coupet, J. (2005). The Organization of Atlantic States and the Free Trade Area of the Atlantic: Is the cart before the horse? Journal of International Business and Economics, 3(1), 86-93.

Edited Volumes

Coupet, J. “Benchmarking HBCU efficiency: beyond retention” (2016). In: Administrative Challenges and Organizational Leadership in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. eds: Prince, Charles & Ford, Rochelle. IGI Global.

Policy & Research Reports

North Carolina Community Child Protection Team Advisory Board. (2018). Investigating the context of CCPTs [to North Carolina Division of Social Services]. Raleigh, NC. [Prepared by Coupet, J., Williams, T. & Chilton, J.]

North Carolina Community Child Protection Team Advisory Board. (2017). 2016 end of year report [to North Carolina Division of Social Services]. Raleigh, NC. [Prepared by J. Pennell, J. Coupet, M. Thompson, H. Benton, J. Chilton, & J. McKelvy.]

Coupet, J., Farruggia, S., Moss, T., Muhammad, A. (2016). Integrating External Coaching at a Public Research University: A Coordination Program. University of Illinois at Chicago. http://orss.publish.uic.edu/files/2016/02/Transition-Coaching_Final_revised-01-25-16.pdf


Ad hoc reviewer

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, European Journal of Operations Research, Managerial Decisions and Economics, OMEGA, Journal of Health Policy, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Transport Policy, Journal of Applied Statistics, Public Transport, Journal of Strategic Management and Education, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs


  • PhD in Strategic Management from University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014
  • MA in Teaching from Dominican University, 2008
  • BA in Economics from University of Michigan, 2005