Amar A Hamoudi, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics; Faculty affiliate: Duke Population Research Institute, Duke Center for Interdisciplinary Decision Sciences, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Center for Child and Family Policy  

Office Location: 184 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9343
Duke Box: 90312
Email Address:
Note: On leave, Fall 2013

Areas of Expertise

    PhD, University of California at Los Angles, 2007
    MPAID, Harvard University, 2001
    A.B., Harvard College, 1996

    Research Description: My research interests lie in areas of intersection between empirical microeconomics, biology, and family demography. One broad theme in my research is the long reach of health and human capital consequences of events in early life; another is the function of the extended family as an economic institution. More recently, I have been developing interests around the development of, and economic returns to, nontraditional forms of human capital such as executive functioning and self-regulation.

    Teaching (Spring 2014):   (typical courses)

    • Pubpol 303d.002, Microeconomic policy tools Synopsis
      Sanford 05, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • Pubpol 608s.01, Economics of the family Synopsis
      Sanford 150, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

    Recent Publications

    1. A Hamoudi, JB Dowd. "Housing Wealth, Psychological Well-being, and Cognitive Functioning of Older Americans." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences Forthcoming (December, 2013).  [abs]
    2. A Hamoudi, J Nobles. "Do Daughters Really Cause Divorce? Stress, pregnancy, and family composition." Demography  (Accepted, December, 2013).  [abs]
    3. A Hamoudi, JB Dowd. "Physical health effects of the housing "boom": quasi-experimental evidence from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study." American Journal of Public Health (December, 2012).  [abs]
    4. A Hamoudi, M Jeuland, S Lombardo, S Patil, S Pattanayak, S Rai. "The effect of water quality testing on household behavior: Evidence from an experiment in rural India." American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (April, 2012).  [abs]
    5. A. Hamoudi. "Exploring the Causal Machinery behind Sex Ratios at Birth: Does hepatitis B play a role?." Economic Development and Cultural Change 59.1 (October, 2010): 1-21.  [abs]

    Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Amar A Hamoudi