Peter S. Arcidiacono

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., and R. A. Miller. “Nonstationary dynamic models with finite dependence.” Quantitative Economics 10, no. 3 (July 1, 2019): 853–90. Full Text

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

Arcidiacono, P., and M. Lovenheim. “Affirmative action and the quality-fit trade-off.” Journal of Economic Literature 54, no. 1 (March 1, 2016): 3–51. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P., A. Beauchamp, and M. McElroy. “Terms of Endearment: An Equilibrium Model of Sex and Matching.” Quantitative Economics 7, no. 1 (March 2016): 117–56. Full Text Open Access Copy

Maurel, A. P., J. Altonji, and P. Arcidiacono. “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): 305–96.

Arcidiacono, P., A. Beauchamp, M. Hull, and S. Sanders. “Exploring the racial divide in education and the labor market through evidence from interracial families.” Journal of Human Capital 9, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 198–238. Full Text

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

Arcidiacono, P., V. Hotz, A. Maurel, and T. Romano. “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).

Arcidiacono, P., and C. Koedel. “Race and college success: Evidence from Missouri.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 6, no. 3 (January 1, 2014): 20–57. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P., P. B. Ellickson, P. Landry, and D. B. Ridley. “Pharmaceutical followers.” International Journal of Industrial Organization 31, no. 5 (November 15, 2013): 538–53. Full Text


Altonji, J. G., P. Arcidiacono, and A. Maurel. “The Analysis of Field Choice in College and Graduate School. Determinants and Wage Effects.” In Handbook of the Economics of Education, 5:305–96, 2016. Full Text

Arcidiacono, P., E. Aucejo, A. P. Maurel, and T. Ransom. “College Attrition and the Dynamics of Information Revelation.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), May 31, 2016. 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