Seth G. Sanders

Seth G. Sanders

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
221A Social Sciences Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1898

Professor Sanders specializes in the fields of economics and public policy. His research focuses specifically on four different lines of study, which include the trends of race and gender in relation to earnings among the highly educated; the effects of extreme economic changes on workers and families; the performance of gay and lesbian families within the economy; and the economic consequences of teenage childbearing. He has received numerous grants for his research, including several from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and also from the National Science Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Research Initiation Fund. He has published his research writings extensively, contributing his work to numerous leading academic journals for over two decades. Some of his refereed articles include, “Gender Wage Differences Among the Highly Educated” with D. Black, A. Haviland, and L. Taylor; “The Economics of Lesbian and Gay Families” with D. Black and L. Taylor; “Empirical Regularities Across Cultures: The Effect of Children on Women’s Work” with H.O. Duleep; and “A Simulation Estimator for Sequential Models of Discrete Choice” with V.J. Hotz, R. Miller, and J. Smith. Professor Sanders is currently conducting research funded by a grant awarded by the Institute of Child Health and Development on, “The Role of Firms in Immigrant Assimilation and Labor Market Adjustment.”


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1993
  • M.A., University of Chicago 1985
  • B.A., University of Chicago 1984

Black, Dan A., Yu-Chieh Hsu, Seth G. Sanders, Lynne Steuerle Schofield, and Lowell J. Taylor. “The Methuselah Effect: The Pernicious Impact of Unreported Deaths on Old-Age Mortality Estimates.Demography 54, no. 6 (December 2017): 2001–24. Full Text

Black, Dan A., Yu-Chieh Hsu, Seth G. Sanders, and Lowell J. Taylor. “Combining forward and backward mortality estimation.Population Studies 71, no. 3 (November 2017): 281–92. Full Text

Black, Dan A., Seth G. Sanders, Evan J. Taylor, and Lowell J. Taylor. “The Impact of the Great Migration on Mortality of African Americans: Evidence from the Deep South.The American Economic Review 105, no. 2 (February 2015): 477–503. Full Text

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

Israel, Salomon, Avshalom Caspi, Daniel W. Belsky, HonaLee Harrington, Sean Hogan, Renate Houts, Sandhya Ramrakha, Seth Sanders, Richie Poulton, and Terrie E. Moffitt. “Credit scores, cardiovascular disease risk, and human capital.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, no. 48 (December 2014): 17087–92. Full Text Open Access Copy

Andersson, F., M. García-Pérez, J. Haltiwanger, K. McCue, and S. Sanders. “Workplace Concentration of Immigrants.” Demography 51, no. 6 (December 2014): 2281–2306. Full Text

Gorsuch, Marina Mileo, Seth G. Sanders, and Bei Wu. “Tooth loss in Appalachia and the Mississippi delta relative to other regions in the United States, 1999-2010.American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 5 (May 2014): e85–91. Full Text

Black, D. A., N. Kolesnikova, S. G. Sanders, and L. J. Taylor. “THE ROLE OF LOCATION IN EVALUATING RACIAL WAGE DISPARITY.Journal of Labor Economics 2, no. 1 (May 2013): 2–2.

Black, Dan A., Natalia Kolesnikova, Seth G. Sanders, and Lowell J. Taylor. “Are Children “Normal”?Review of Economics and Statistics 95, no. 1 (March 2013): 21–33.

Fajnzylber, Eduardo, V Joseph Hotz, and Seth G. Sanders. “An economic model of amniocentesis choice.Advances in Life Course Research 15, no. 1 (March 2010): 11–26. Full Text


Hotz, V. J., S. W. McElroy, and S. G. Sanders. “The impacts of teenage childbearing on the mothers and the consequences of those impacts for government.” In Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy, 55–94, 2018. Full Text

Kranton, R. E., and S. G. Sanders. “Groupy versus non-groupy social preferences: Personality, region, and political party.” In American Economic Review, 107:65–69, 2017. Full Text

Selected Grants

The Heterogeneous Effects of Education on Health and Wealth using 100 years of Data awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

Testing Multiple Modes of Data Collection with Network Sampling with Memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Social, Medical and Economic Demography of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1997 to 2017

NCRN-MN:Triangle Census Research Network awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2016

Duke Population Research Institute awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

The Promised Land? The Great Migration and Economic Progress of African Americans awarded by Carnegie Mellon University (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015