V. Joseph Hotz

V. Joseph Hotz

Arts and Sciences Professor of Economics

External Address: 
243 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1841

Professor Hotz specializes in the subjects of applied econometrics, labor economics, economic demography, and economics of the family. His studies have investigated the impacts of social programs, such as welfare-to-work training; the relationship between childbearing patterns and labor force participation of U.S. women; the effects of teenage pregnancy; the child care market; the Earned Income Tax Credit; and other such subjects. He began conducting his studies in 1977, and has since published his work extensively in books and leading academic journals. Many of his projects have been funded by grants awarded by the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. He is currently completing a project with Duncan Thomas on, “Preference and Economic Decision-Making” under a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. His recent works also include, “Tax Policy and Low-Wage Labor Markets: New Work on Employment, Effectiveness and Administration” with John Karl Scholz and Charles Mullin; and “Designing New Models to Explain Family Change and Variation” with S. Philip Morgan. Along with his duties as an independent researcher, Professor Hotz has also held positions as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the National Poverty Center, the Institute for the Study of Labor, and the Institute for Research on Poverty. He is presently a member of the Committee on National Statistics for the National Academy of Sciences’ Research Council.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1980
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1977
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame 1972

Hotz, VJ, Tienda, M, and Mitchell, F. ""Hispanics in the U.S. Labor Market"." Hispanics and the American Future: 228-290. (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ, and Scholz, JK. ""The Earned Income Tax Credit"." Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the U.S.. (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ, and Tienda, M. ""Education and Employment in a Diverse Society: Generating Inequality through the School-to-Work Transition"." American Diversity: A Demographic Challenge for the Twenty-First Century. (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ, Tienda, M, and Ahituv, A. "Transition from School to Work: Black, Hispanic and White Men in the 1980s"." (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ, and Avery, J. "Statistical Approaches to Modeling Absenteeism." (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ, Epple, D, and Zelenitz, A. "Employment Contracts, Risk Sharing, and the Role of Unions." Research in Labor Economics. (Journal issue)

Hotz, VJ. "Labor Supply Estimates for Public Policy Evaluation: A Comment." Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings: 332-335. (Journal issue)