Peter S. Arcidiacono

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
201A Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097
(919) 660-1816

Professor Arcidiacono specializes in research involving applied microeconomics, applied economics, and labor economics. His research primarily focuses on education and discrimination. His work focuses specifically on the exploration of a variety of subjects, such as structural estimation, affirmative action, minimum wages, teen sex, discrimination, higher education, and dynamic discrete choice models, among others. He recently received funding from a National Science Foundation Grant for his project, “CCP Estimation of Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Unobserved Heterogeneity.” He has also been awarded grants from NICHD for his work entitled, “A Dynamic Model of Teen Sex, Abortion, and Childbearing;” and from the Smith Richardson Foundation for his study, “Does the River Spill Over? Race and Peer Effects in the College & Beyond” with Jacob Vigdor. Other recent studies of his include, “The Distributional Effects of Minimum Wage Increases when Both Labor Supply and Labor Demand are Endogenous” with Tom Ahm and Walter Wessles; “Explaining Cross-racial Differences in Teenage Labor Force Participation: Results from a General Equilibrium Search Model” with Alvin Murphy and Omari Swinton; and “The Effects of Gender Interactions in the Lab and in the Field” in collaboration with Kate Antonovics and Randy Walsh.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1999
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1997
  • B.S., Willamette University 1993

Arcidiacono, P, Kinsler, J, and Price, J. "Productivity spillovers in team production: Evidence from professional basketball." Journal of Labor Economics 35, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 191-225.

Maurel, AP, Altonji, J, and Arcidiacono, P. "The Analysis of Field Choice in College and Graduate School: Determinants and Wage Effects." Edited by E Hanushek, S Machin, and L Woessmann. In Handbook of the Economics of Education 5 (2016): 305-396.

Arcidiacono, P, Hotz, V, Maurel, A, and Romano, T. "Recovering Ex Ante Returns and Preferences for Occupations Using Subjective Expectations Data." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper, no. 178 (October 1, 2014). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Arcidiacono, P, Beauchamp, A, and McElroy, MB. "Terms of Endearment: An Equilibrium Model of Sex and Matching." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper, no. 138 (May 5, 2011). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Aldrich, EM, Arcidiacono, PS, and Vigdor, JL. "Do People Value Racial Diversity? Evidence from Nielsen Ratings." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 5, no. 1 (February 2005): 1-24. Open Access Copy

Hotz, J, Arcidiacono, P, Aucejo, E, and Coate, P. ""Affirmative Action and University Fit: Evidence from Proposition 209"." IZA Journal of Labor Economics.

Collaborative Research: Leveraging Matched Administrative Datasets awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2012 to 2017

Large State Space Issues in Dynamic Models awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Applications of CCP Estimation to Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Unobserved Heterogenity awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010