Jason Alix Coupet PhD

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Assistant Professor


Jason Coupet is an Assistant 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, organizational economics, research methods, and the political economy of organizations. He is also a National Science Foundation Mentoring Fellow in Economics at Duke University. His research has appeared in Applied Economics, Business Strategy & the Environment, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership, among others. 

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



Teaching and Research Interests

Strategic management

Efficiency Messurement and Theory

Quantitative methods

Organizational theory

Transportation Management


Funded Research

PI: 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. (2018). Exploring the Link Between Government Funding and Nonprofit Efficiency. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Forthcoming

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. (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


 Conference Presentations

Stewart, A., Coupet, J., Clerkin, R., Spencer, S.E.  Innovations in corporate engagement: Skills based voluntarism.” ARNOVA. Grand Rapids, MI. Nov 2017

Coupet, J. & Haynie, J. Pitfalls in Measuring Nonprofit Efficiency.” ARNOVA. Grand Rapids, MI. Nov 2017

Coupet, J. “Exploring the Agency of Nonprofits: The Link Between Government Funding and Efficiency.” ARNOVA. Grand Rapids, MI. Nov 2017

Coupet, J. & Haynie, J. Better Measuring the Efficiency of Nonprofits.” Association for Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Chicago. Nov 2017

Stewart, A., Coupet, J., Clerkin, R., Spencer, S.E.  Skills based voluntarism: innovations in corporate engagement” Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. Indianapolis. July 2017

Williams, T. & Coupet, J. “The context of complex contracts: the case of Transition Coaching”. American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference. Atlanta. March, 2017.

Coupet, J. & Albrecht, K. Nonprofit contracting decisions with government: evidence from Transition Coaching” ARNOVA. Washington, D.C. Nov 2016.  

Coupet, J. “Understanding the relationship between government & philanthropic resource dependence and efficiency” Southeast Conference for Public Administration. Raleigh, NC. Oct 2016.  

Coupet, J. “Class, power, and nonprofit benevolence in Transition Coaching: Evidence from Chicago.” How Class Works. State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York. June 2016

Davis, J* & Coupet, J. ““Punishment Pay Off: How Policy and Privatization have incentivized Incarceration”” North Carolina Political Science Association Annual Conference. Durham, NC.  Feb 2016.  

Coupet, J. “Does state ownership matter? An investigation of revenue publicness and efficiency at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Association for Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Miami. 12 Nov 2015  Panel Organizer

Coupet, J. “Linking Publicness and Efficiency at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. Charleston, SC. 3 Oct 2015

Coupet, J. and Barnum, D.  “Increasing precision in DEA models of public efficiency.” Association for Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 6 Nov 2014

Parhankangas, A., Coupet, J, McWilliams, A., and Barnum, D. “Managing the Triple Bottom Line: Data Envelopment Analysis and making socially responsible decisions.” Academy of Management Annual Conference. Philadelphia. 3 Aug 2014

 Coupet, J. “Data Envelopment Analysis as a tool for HBCUs.” Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference. Orlando. 29 May 2014

 Coupet, J. “The effects of Resource Dependence on the efficiency of firms in Quasi-Markets.” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference. Washington. 7 November 2013

 Coupet, J. and Barnum, D. "Decreasing the cost of metropolitan mass transit by optimizing resource allocation among public and private providers". International Conference on Electronic Commerce. Singapore. 5 August 2012

 Coupet, J. “Structural differences in the production functions of HBCUs” Association for Institutional Research Annual Conference. New Orleans. 13 Jun 2012

 Coupet, J. “Efficiency, black colleges, and DEA”. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. New Orleans. 10 Apr 2011

Invited lectures

 Coupet, J. & Chilton, J. “Rethinking North Carolina’s Community Child Protection Teams” University of Alaska at Anchorage. June 2017

 Coupet, J. “Efficiency and HBCUs: a new approach”. University of Illinois at Chicago. African American Studies Colloquium. Apr 2010

 Coupet, J. “Data Envelopment Analysis, efficiency, and HBCUs”. African American and Latino Research Forum. Chicago. Apr 2010



Ad hoc reviewer

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