Robert J Garlick

Robert J Garlick

Assistant Professor of Economics

External Address: 
204 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
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Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1831
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Robert Garlick joined the economics department as an assistant professor in 2014. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the World Bank's Development Research Group and holds a PhD in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan. Garlick was born and raised in South Africa, where he studied economics, mathematics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town and managed a small education nonprofit.

Garlick studies education and labor economics in developing countries. He is currently working on peer and network effects in education, determinants of education investments by households, and transitions between education and the labor market. This work spans empirical and methodological topics, and includes primary data collection in and analysis of secondary data from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 2013

Garlick, R. J., K. Orkin, and S. Quinn. “Call Me Maybe: Experimental Evidence on Using Mobile Phones to Survey Microenterprises.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), no. 224 (July 27, 2016). Open Access Copy

Garlick, R. J., and J. Hyman. “Data vs. Methods: Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Alternative Sample Selection Corrections for Missing College Entrance Exam Score Data.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), no. 221 (June 7, 2016). Open Access Copy

Garlick, R. J. “Academic Peer Effects with Different Group Assignment Policies: Residential Tracking versus Random Assignment.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid), no. 220 (March 3, 2016). Open Access Copy

Selected Grants

Job Search, Hiring, and Matching With Two-Sided Limited Information About Workseekers' Skills awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

A Labor Markets Research Agenda through a Job Search Platform awarded by (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2020