Public & Political Economy

Public economics and political economy are parallel fields: both study government organizations and political institutions to analyze and improve public policy issues. 

Public economics and political economy are parallel fields: both study government organizations and political institutions to analyze and improve public policy issues. Public economists at Duke — both the Department of Economics and the Sanford School of Public Policy — study the economic implications of government policy, from analyzing their effects on human and economic behavior to determining their welfare and distributional effects. Political economists at the Departments of Economics and Political Science examine the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, specifically the economic determinants of laws and political structures and their consequences on economic outcomes.

Associated Research Groups and Centers

Faculty In This Field

Matthew D. Adler

Matthew D. Adler

Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law
(919) 613-7172
Patrick Bayer

Patrick Bayer

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1800
Charles T. Clotfelter

Charles T. Clotfelter

Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies
(919) 613-7361
Robert F. Conrad

Robert F. Conrad

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-7355
Robert J Garlick

Robert J Garlick

Assistant Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1831
Timur Kuran

Timur Kuran

The Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
(919) 660-1800
Helen F. Ladd

Helen F. Ladd

Susan B. King Professor Emeritus of Public Policy
(919) 613-7352
Bahar Leventoglu

Bahar Leventoglu

Associate Professor of Political Science
(919) 660-4314
Hugh Macartney

Hugh Macartney

Assistant Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1866
Manoj Mohanan

Manoj Mohanan

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9263
Michael C. Munger

Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science
(919) 660-4301
Thomas J. Nechyba

Thomas J. Nechyba

Professor of Economics
(919) 681-6590
Subhrendu K. Pattanayak

Subhrendu K. Pattanayak

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9306
Alexander Pfaff

Alexander Pfaff

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9240
Billy Pizer

Billy Pizer

Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9286
Marcos A. Rangel

Marcos A. Rangel

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-7340
Seth G. Sanders

Seth G. Sanders

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1898
Steven E. Sexton

Steven E. Sexton

Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
(919) 613-9348
Modibo Sidibe

Modibo Sidibe

Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics
Frank A. Sloan

Frank A. Sloan

J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management
(919) 613-9358
Martin D. Smith

Martin D. Smith

Professor of Environmental Economics in the
(919) 613-8028
Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato

Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato

Kathleen Kaylor and G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. Assistant Professor of Economics
Curtis R. Taylor

Curtis R. Taylor

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1827
Huseyin Yildirim

Huseyin Yildirim

Professor of Economics
(919) 660-1805