Jerome L. McElroy received his BA in Humanities (1961) and MA in Economics (1965) from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri USA. He received his PhD in Economics (1972) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado USA. He also has Master's degrees in Philosophy (1962) and Theology (1969) from St. Louis University.
He has held teaching positions at St. John's College in Belize, Central America, the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana USA. Presently, he is Professor of Economics in the Department of Business Administration and Economics at Saint Mary's College.
His research has focused on the development problems of small Caribbean islands, more specifically the economics of tourism, inter-island migration, sustainable small-scale agriculture, the economic impact of political status change, and the problems of planning in small open economies. More recent work has involved applying the destination life cycle model to understand the environmental impact of tourism in small islands, developing an index of tourism penetration for island destinations, and examining the links between tourism development and dependent political status. Presently, he is examining, with his long-term collaborator Klaus de Albuquerque of the College of Charleston, longitudinal patterns of crime in the Caribbean, the link between crime and tourism, the growth of the Caribbean narcoeconomy, tourist harassment in Barbados, and the socio-economic correlates of race and ethnicity in island societies.
He has written numerous chapters in books dealing with small-island development issues and his work has appeared in such journals as: Annals of Tourism Research, Ekistics, Ethnic Groups, Journal of Commerce, Journal of Travel Research, Journal of Economic Education, Environmental Management, International Migration Review, Society and Natural Resources, Nature and Resources, Review of Regional Studies, South Atlantic Urban Studies, Social and Economic Studies, Caribbean Affairs, Caribbean Dialogue, Caribbean Geography, Caribbean Educational Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, World Travel and Tourism Review, Pacific Tourism Review, and Insula. He has also published short narrative and lyrical poetry in a number of small U.S. literary magazines.