Hugh Macartney

Hugh Macartney

Assistant Professor of Economics

External Address: 
239 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1866

Professor Macartney's broad research interests are in applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on the formation of human capital and the role of incentives in the public sphere. His work uses both theoretical modeling and structural estimation to examine key aspects of the education production process that underlie student achievement, such as teacher effort and the match between teachers and students.  The goal of this work is to evaluate and prescribe policy refinements in order to allocate education resources more efficiently.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (Canada) 2011
  • M.A., University of Toronto (Canada) 2005

Macartney, Hugh. “The Dynamic Effects of Educational Accountability.” Journal of Labor Economics 34, no. 1 (January 2016): 1–28. Full Text Open Access Copy

Macartney, Hugh, Robert McMillan, and Uros Petronijevic. “Incentive Design in Education: An Empirical Analysis.” National Bureau of Economic Research, n.d. Full Text

Selected Grants

Collaboration agreement - University of Toronto awarded by University of Toronto (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018