Seth G. Sanders

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
221A Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097
(919) 660-1898

Professor Sanders specializes in the fields of economics and public policy. His research focuses specifically on four different lines of study, which include the trends of race and gender in relation to earnings among the highly educated; the effects of extreme economic changes on workers and families; the performance of gay and lesbian families within the economy; and the economic consequences of teenage childbearing. He has received numerous grants for his research, including several from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and also from the National Science Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Research Initiation Fund. He has published his research writings extensively, contributing his work to numerous leading academic journals for over two decades. Some of his refereed articles include, “Gender Wage Differences Among the Highly Educated” with D. Black, A. Haviland, and L. Taylor; “The Economics of Lesbian and Gay Families” with D. Black and L. Taylor; “Empirical Regularities Across Cultures: The Effect of Children on Women’s Work” with H.O. Duleep; and “A Simulation Estimator for Sequential Models of Discrete Choice” with V.J. Hotz, R. Miller, and J. Smith. Professor Sanders is currently conducting research funded by a grant awarded by the Institute of Child Health and Development on, “The Role of Firms in Immigrant Assimilation and Labor Market Adjustment.”


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1993
  • M.A., University of Chicago 1985
  • B.A., University of Chicago 1984

Arcidiacono, P, Beauchamp, A, Hull, M, and Sanders, S. "Exploring the Racial Divide in Education and the Labor Market through Evidence from Interracial Families." Journal of Human Capital 9, no. 2 (June 2015): 198-238. Full Text

Hotz, VJ, Miller, RA, Sanders, S, and Smith, J. "A Simulation Estimator for Dynamic Models of Discrete Choice." The Review of Economic Studies 61, no. 2 (April 1, 1994): 265-289. Full Text

Focused Training in Social Networks and Health awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2015 to 2020

Testing Multiple Modes of Data Collection with Network Sampling with Memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Social, Medical and Economic Demography of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1997 to 2017

NCRN-MN:Triangle Census Research Network awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Duke Population Research Institute awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

The Promised Land? The Great Migration and Economic Progress of African Americans awarded by Carnegie Mellon University (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015