Michael Holcomb

Mentor: Dr. David Denslow
Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I got involved in research as a way to provide thorough answers to questions that interest me. Economics is truly everywhere, and I think the study of economics is particularly well equipped to shed light on the myriad forces and interactions that shape our lives. I hope to contribute to its study and rigorously analyze the important economic issues of our time."


Economics and Mathematics



Research Interests

  • Urban Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Education Economics

Academic Awards

  • Anderson Scholarship 2015
  • President's Honor Roll 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016



  • Lake Forest Elementary School Garden

Hobbies and Interests

  • Music journalism

Research Description

Income Segregation in College Towns in America
A recent study entitled "Segregated City: The Geography of Economic Segregation in America's Metros" by Richard Florida and Charlotta Mellander found that Tallahassee has highest level of economic segregation in the United States. Many college towns—small cities home to a large university—ranked highly on the list. My project shows that university-dominated cities do in fact exhibit a higher level of residential segregation by income than similar non-university cities. I seek to explain this difference, exploring issues of filtering in the housing market and sorting into neighborhoods by income.