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Duncan Thomas, Norb F. Schaefer Professor of International Studies and Research Professor of Global Health  

Office Location: 314 Social Sciences
Email Address: d.thomas@duke.edu
Web Page: http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/dthomas/

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Policy, Global Health

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1986
B.S., University of Bristol, 1981

Research Categories: Develolpment, Population and Family Economics; Global Health

Research Description:
Duncan Thomas joined Duke in 2007 with appointments in Economics and in Global Health. His previous appointments include Yale, RAND and UCLA. His work primarily focuses on the behavior of individuals, households and families in very low income settings with particular emphasis on the dynamics underlying decision-making within families, the motivations for those decisions and their consequences. Much of his work is concerned with health and human capital of the population. Recent work has paid special attention to the impact of shocks and disasters on population well-being.

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Econ 208d.001, Introduction to econometrics Synopsis
    Social sciences 139, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Econ 954.01, Applied micro devel research Synopsis
    Social sciences 111, F 11:45 AM-01:10 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. IT Elo, E Frankenberg, R Gansey and D Thomas. "Africans in the American Labor Market.." Demography 52.5 (October, 2015): 1513-1542. [doi]  [abs]
  2. E Frankenberg, JY Ho and D Thomas. "Biological Health Risks and Economic Development."  June, 2015  [abs]
  3. J Nobles, E Frankenberg and D Thomas. "The effects of mortality on fertility: population dynamics after a natural disaster.." Demography 52.1 (February, 2015): 15-38. [doi]  [abs]
  4. A Hamoudi and D Thomas. "Endogenous coresidence and program incidence: South Africa's Old Age Pension.." Journal of development economics 109 (July, 2014): 30-37. [doi]  [abs]
  5. C Gray, E Frankenberg, T Gillespie, C Sumantri and D Thomas. "Studying Displacement After a Disaster Using Large Scale Survey Methods: Sumatra After the 2004 Tsunami.." Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Association of American Geographers 104.3 (January, 2014): 594-612. [doi]  [abs]

Duncan Thomas