Thomas J. Nechyba

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, Gross Hall 230D, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90989
Phone: 
(919) 681-6590

Professor Nechyba conducts his research within the fields of public finance, fiscal federalism, and the economics of education. His studies tend toward the investigation of function within local governments, public policy issues concerning disadvantaged families, and the economics behind primary and secondary education. He received funding for one of his latest projects, “An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects in Schools and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes,” from a National Science Foundation grant. He also received support from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for his work, “Urban Sprawl;” from the Spencer Foundation for his study on, “The Role of Peers, Parental Choices, and Neighborhoods;” from the New Zealand Ministry of Education for a study on, “The Impact of Family and Community Resources on Education Outcomes;” and the Hoover Institution for the study, “The Implications of New Federalism.” He also received monetary support from the National Academy of Sciences for his investigation of the fiscal impact of immigrants, and from the Center for Economic Policy Research for various projects concerning education and welfare policy. In addition to his individual research pursuits, Professor Nechyba is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 1994
  • B.A., University of Florida 1989

To support research on the organizational structure, social networks, and capacity of member programs within El Sistema awarded by National Endowment for the Arts (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects in Schools and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2008

American Economic Association Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Efficient and Equitable Delivery of Education in a District-based Public School System awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001