Thomas J. Nechyba

Thomas J. Nechyba

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, Gross Hall 230D, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90989, Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 681-6590

Professor Nechyba conducts his research within the fields of public finance, fiscal federalism, and the economics of education. His studies tend toward the investigation of function within local governments, public policy issues concerning disadvantaged families, and the economics behind primary and secondary education. He received funding for one of his latest projects, “An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects in Schools and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes,” from a National Science Foundation grant. He also received support from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for his work, “Urban Sprawl;” from the Spencer Foundation for his study on, “The Role of Peers, Parental Choices, and Neighborhoods;” from the New Zealand Ministry of Education for a study on, “The Impact of Family and Community Resources on Education Outcomes;” and the Hoover Institution for the study, “The Implications of New Federalism.” He also received monetary support from the National Academy of Sciences for his investigation of the fiscal impact of immigrants, and from the Center for Economic Policy Research for various projects concerning education and welfare policy. In addition to his individual research pursuits, Professor Nechyba is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


  • Ph.D., University of Rochester 1994
  • B.A., University of Florida 1989

Nechyba, TJ. "Tiebout Sorting and Competition." (2010): 388-393. Full Text

Nechyba, TJ. "Alternative education finance strategies." no. Mar (2006): 7-27.

Nechyba, TJ. "School Finance, School Choice and Residential Segregation." CESifo Economic Studies (2005). (Academic Article)

"Comment: Land taxation in New York City: A general equilibrium analysis." City Taxes, City Spending: Essays in Honor of Dick Netzer (December 1, 2004): 95-100. Full Text

Nechyba, TJ. "School Competition and School Quality in the U.S." CESifo DICE Report - Journal of Institutional Comparison 4 (December 2004): 3-8. (Academic Article)

Nechyba, TJ, and Walsh, RP. "Urban sprawl." Journal of Economic Perspectives 18, no. 4 (September 1, 2004): 177-200. Full Text

Nechyba, TJ. "IQ and the wealth of nations." JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC LITERATURE 42, no. 1 (March 2004): 220-221.

Nechyba, T. "Public School Finance and Urban School Policy: General Versus Partial Equilibrium Analysis." Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (October 2003): 139-170. (Academic Article)

Nechyba, TJ. "Centralization, fiscal federalism, and private school attendance." International Economic Review 44, no. 1 (February 1, 2003): 179-204. Full Text


Nechyba, TJ. "Handbook of public economics, volume 3." JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC LITERATURE 41, no. 4 (December 2003): 1301-1303.

Nechyba, TJ. "Income and Peer Quality Sorting in Public and Private Schools." In Handbook of the Economics of Education,edited by E Hanushek and F Welch, 1327-1368. November 2006.

Epple, D, and Nechyba, T. "Chapter 55 Fiscal decentralization." In Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, 2423-2480.: Elsevier, 2004. Full Text

Selected Grants

CC*Data: ImPACT - Infrastructure for Privacy-Assured compuTations awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

To support research on the organizational structure, social networks, and capacity of member programs within El Sistema awarded by National Endowment for the Arts (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects in Schools and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2008

American Economic Association Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2008

Efficient and Equitable Delivery of Education in a District-based Public School System awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2000 to 2001