Peter S. Arcidiacono

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
201A Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1816

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.


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1999
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1997
  • B.S., Willamette University 1993

Arcidiacono, P, Kinsler, J, and Price, J. "Productivity spillovers in team production: Evidence from professional basketball." Journal of Labor Economics 35, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 191-225.

Arcidiacono, P, Beauchamp, A, and McElroy, M. "Terms of Endearment: An Equilibrium Model of Sex and Matching." Quantitative Economics 7, no. 1 (March 2016): 117-156. (Working Paper) Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, and Lovenheim, M. "Affirmative Action and the Quality–Fit Trade-off." Journal of Economic Literature 54, no. 1 (March 2016): 3-51. Full Text

Maurel, AP, Altonji, J, and Arcidiacono, P. "The Analysis of Field Choice in College and Graduate School: Determinants and Wage Effects." Edited by E Hanushek, S Machin, and L Woessmann. In Handbook of the Economics of Education 5 (2016): 305-396.

Arcidiacono, P, Lovenheim, M, and Zhu, M. "Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Education." Annual Review of Economics 7, no. 1 (August 2015): 487-518. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Beauchamp, A, Hull, M, and Sanders, S. "Exploring the Racial Divide in Education and the Labor Market through Evidence from Interracial Families." Journal of Human Capital 9, no. 2 (June 2015): 198-238. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Hotz, VJ, Maurel, A, and Romano, T. "Recovering Ex Ante Returns and Preferences for Occupations Using Subjective Expectations Data." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper, no. 178 (October 1, 2014). Open Access Copy

Arcidiacono, P, and Koedel, C. "Race and College Success: Evidence from Missouri." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 6, no. 3 (July 2014): 20-57. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Ellickson, PB, Landry, P, and Ridley, DB. "Pharmaceutical followers." International Journal of Industrial Organization 31, no. 5 (November 15, 2013): 538-553. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Aucejo, E, Hussey, A, and Spenner, K. "Racial Segregation Patterns in Selective Universities." The Journal of Law and Economics 56, no. 4 (November 2013): 1039-1060. Full Text


Altonji, JG, Arcidiacono, P, and Maurel, A. "The Analysis of Field Choice in College and Graduate School. Determinants and Wage Effects." In Handbook of the Economics of Education, 305-396. January 1, 2016. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P, Aucejo, E, Maurel, AP, and Ransom, T. "College Attrition and the Dynamics of Information Revelation." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID), no. 222 (May 31, 2016). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Leveraging Matched Administrative Datasets awarded by National Science Foundation (Investigator). 2012 to 2017

Large State Space Issues in Dynamic Models awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Applications of CCP Estimation to Dynamic Discrete Choice Models with Unobserved Heterogenity awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010