Peter S. Arcidiacono
  • Peter S. Arcidiacono

  • Professor of Economics
  • Economics
  • 201A Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90097
  • Phone: (919) 660-1816
  • Fax: (919) 684 8974
  • Office Hours: By appointment
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  • Overview

    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.
  • Bio

    Peter Arcidiacono joined Duke University in 1999 and was awarded tenure as an associate professor in 2006. His teaching and research focus on labor economics, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics. Before becoming a member of the Duke faculty, he was awarded the Sloan Dissertation Fellowship for the year of 1997-98. Peter earned this award while attending the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1999. He began his higher education studies in economics at Willamette University, where he received his B.S. in 1993.

    Since accepting his professorship at Duke University, Peter has also taken on the position of research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Peter also serves as co-editor for the Journal of Labor Economics and the Economic Inquiry, and as associate editor for the Journal of Applied Econometrics and AEJ: Applied Microeconomics.

    Peter's two main lines of work are on affirmative action in higher education and estimation of dynamic discrete choice models. Peter has investigated how affirmative action in admissions affects future earnings, college attendance rates, inter-racial interaction, and the match between the student and the school. Peter has also developed tools to facilitate estimation of dynamic discrete choice models. Other subjects that Peter has addressed with his writing and research include minimum wages, teen sex, and peer effects. His work has been published in Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the International Economic Review among many others.

    Peter received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his work on “CCP Estimation of Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Unobserved Heterogeneity,” the research for which was conducted in 2007-2009 with Paul Ellickson and Robert Miller. Between 2003-2005, Peter also received grants from NICHD for his creation of a dynamic model for teen sex, and from the Smith Richardson Foundation for his paper, “Does the River Spill Over?”
  • Specialties

    • Microeconomics
    • Econometrics
    • Labor Economics / Economics of the Household
    • Economics of Education
    • Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
  • Research Summary

    Labor Economics, Microeconomics
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Wisconsin at Madison,
      • 1999
      • M.S.,
      • University of Wisconsin at Madison,
      • 1997
      • B.S.,
      • Economics,
      • Willamette University,
      • 1993
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Researcher (NBER Family Members),
      • National Bureau of Economic Research,
      • January 2008
      • ASRC Grant,
      • Summer 2002
      • MIR Grant,
      • Summer 2001
      • Sloan Dissertation Fellowship,
      • 1997-1998
      • Honorable Mention,
      • National Science Foundation,
      • 1994
  • Recent Publications

      • P Arcidiacono, M Lovenheim and M Zhu.
      • (Accepted, 2015).
      • Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Education.
      • Annual Review of Economics
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      • 7
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 487-518.
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      • P Arcidiacono, A Beauchamp, M Hull and S Sanders.
      • (Accepted, 2015).
      • Exploring the Racial Divide in Education and the Labor Market through Evidence from Interracial Families.
      • Journal of Human Capital
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      • 9
      • (2)
      • ,
      • 198-238.
      • [web]
      • P Arcidiacono and C Koedel.
      • (Accepted, 2014).
      • Race and College Success: Evidence from Missouri.
      • American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
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      • 6
      • (3)
      • ,
      • 20-57.
      • [web]
      • P Arcidiacono, PB Ellickson, P Landry and DB Ridley.
      • (Accepted, 2013).
      • Pharmaceutical followers.
      • International Journal of Industrial Organization
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      • 31
      • (5)
      • ,
      • 538-553.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      We estimate a model of drug demand and supply that incorporates insurance, advertising, and competition between branded and generic drugs within and across therapeutic classes. We use data on antiulcer drugs from 1991 to 2010. Our simulations show that generics and "me-too" drugs each increased consumer welfare more than $100 million in 2010, holding insurance premiums constant. However, insurance payments in 2010 fell by nearly $1 billion due to generics and rose by over $7 billion due to me-too antiulcer drugs. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

      • P Arcidiacono, E Aucejo, A Hussey and K Spenner.
      • (Accepted, 2013).
      • Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities.
      • Journal of Law and Economics
      • ,
      • 56
      • (4)
      • ,
      • 1039-1060.
      • [web]
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