Marjorie B. McElroy

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
319 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1840

Professor McElroy focuses her research on the subjects of labor, demand systems, and financial economics. She has completed several of her research projects under the funding provided by National Science Foundation grants, including her latest work on the economics of the family in relation to bargain decision-making and marriage markets. She is also currently investigating altruism in marriage markets and bargaining on the core in marriage markets. She has also completed studies involving the investigation of international populations, such as her work with D. Yang on, “Carrots and Sticks: Fertility Effects on China’s Population Policies.” She has collaborated with her contemporaries on several projects, including her earlier work with Hwei-ju Chen, R. Gnanadesikan, and J.R. Kettenring entitled, “A Statistical Study of Groupings of Corporations,” and her project with T.J. Kniesner and Stephen Wilcox on, “Family Structure, Race, and the Feminization of Poverty.” One of her recent published studies, which she completed independently, is entitled, “What’s New with Nash-Bargained Household Demands?”


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1969
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University 1965

"Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)." American Economic Review 106, no. 5 (May 2016): 750-773. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Beauchamp, A, and McElroy, M. "Terms of Endearment: An Equilibrium Model of Sex and Matching." Quantitative Economics 7, no. 1 (March 2016): 117-156. (Working Paper) Full Text

"Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession." American Economic Review 104, no. 5 (May 2014): 664-681. Full Text

Iyavarakul, T, McElroy, MB, and Staub, K. "Dynamic Optimization in Models for State Panel Data: A Cohort Panel Data Model of the Effects of Divorce Laws on Divorce Rates." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper, no. 140 (June 14, 2011). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

McElroy, MB. ""What's New with Nash-Bargained Household Demands?"." Southern Economic Journal (July 2002). (Academic Article)

McElroy, M, and Yang, DT. "Carrots and sticks: Fertility effects of China's population policies." American Economic Review 90, no. 2 (2000): 389-392. Open Access Copy

McElroy, MB. ""H. Gregg Lewis--Duke Days: 1975-1992"." Journal of Labor Economics 12, no. 1 (1994): 149-154. (Academic Article)

MCELROY, MB. "LEWIS,H.GREGG - DUKE DAYS - 1975-1992 - THE MELLOW YEARS." JOURNAL OF LABOR ECONOMICS 12, no. 1 (January 1994): 149-154.


Selected Grants

Triangle Research Data Center awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2002

(91-0254) Family Decisions, Marriage Markets, and Altruism awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1993

(93-0116) Family Decisions, Marriage Markets, and Altruism awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1992