Public & Political Economy

Public economics and political economy are parallel fields: both study government organizations and political institutions to analyze and improve public policy issues. 

Public economics and political economy are parallel fields: both study government organizations and political institutions to analyze and improve public policy issues. Public economists at Duke — both the Department of Economics and the Sanford School of Public Policy — study the economic implications of government policy, from analyzing their effects on human and economic behavior to determining their welfare and distributional effects. Political economists at the Departments of Economics and Political Science examine the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, specifically the economic determinants of laws and political structures and their consequences on economic outcomes.

Associated Research Groups and Centers

Faculty In This Field

Matthew D. Adler

Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law
(919) 613-7172

Patrick Bayer

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1800

Charles T. Clotfelter

Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies
(919) 613-7361
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Robert F. Conrad

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-7355

Brendan Daley

Associate Professor of Business Administration
(919) 660-7700

Robert Garlick

Assistant Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1831

Timur Kuran

The Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
(919) 660-1800

Helen F. Ladd

Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy
(919) 613-7352

Bahar Leventoglu

Associate Professor of Political Science
(919) 660-4314

Hugh Macartney

Assistant Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1866

Manoj Mohanan

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9263

Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science
(919) 660-4301

Thomas J. Nechyba

Professor of Economics
(919) 681-6590

Subhrendu K. Pattanayak

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9306

Alexander Pfaff

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9240

Billy Pizer

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Marcos A. Rangel

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-7340

Seth G. Sanders

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1898

Steven E. Sexton

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9348

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management
(919) 613-9358

Martin D. Smith

Professor of Environmental Economics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
(919) 613-8028

Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato

Assistant Professor of Economics

Curtis R. Taylor

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1827

Huseyin Yildirim

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1805