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Thomas J. Nechyba, Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Social Science Research Institute  

Office Location: 305 Soc Sci
Office Phone: (919) 681-6590
Duke Box: 90097
Email Address: nechyba@duke.edu
Web Page: http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Economics/faculty/nechyba

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
    • Education Finance
    • Racial/Ethnic Inequalities & Segregation
    • School Choice/Vouchers
  • Public Finance, Education Finance

PhD, University of Rochester, 1994
BA, University of Florida, 1989

Research Description: Research: Public economics, particularly primary and secondary education; federalism and the function of local governments; public policy issues relating to disadvantaged families

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Econ 890.01, Special topics in economics Synopsis
    Social sciences 105, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. T. Nechyba. "School Finance, Spatial Income Segregation and the Nature of Communities." Journal of Urban Economics 54.1 (July, 2003): 61-88.
  2. T. Nechyba. "What Can be (and What Has Been) Learned from General Equilibrium Simulation Models of School Finance." National Tax Journal LVI.2 (June, 2003): 387-414.
  3. T. Nechyba. "Public School Finance and Urban School Policy: General Versus Partial Equilibrium Analysis." Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (Fall, 2003): 139-170.
  4. T. Nechyba. "Centralization, Fiscal Federalism and Private School Attendance." International Economic Review 44.1 (February, 2003): 179-204.
  5. T. Nechyba. "Social Approval, Values and AFDC: A Re-Examination of the Illegitimacy Debate." Journal of Political Economy (June, 2001): 638-72.
  6. T. Nechyba. "Mobility, Targeting and Private School Vouchers." American Economic Review 90.1 (March, 2000): 130-46.
  7. T. Nechyba. "School Finance Induced Migration Patterns: The Impact of Private School Vouchers." Journal of Public Economic Theory 1.1 (1999): 5-50.
  8. T. Nechyba. "Local Property and State Income Taxes: The Role of Interjurisdictional Competition and Collusion." Journal of Political Economy 105.2 (1997): 351-384.
  9. T. Nechyba. "Existence of Equilibrium and Stratification in Local and Hierarchical Public Goods Economies with Property Taxes and Voting." Economic Theory 10 (1997): 277-304.

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Nechyba, who received his PhD from the University of Rochester in 1994, joined the Duke faculty in 1999 after spending five years on the faculty at Stanford University. He has lectured as a Visiting Professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro and the Center for Economic Studies at the University of Munich, and he held the year-long National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford in 1998/99.

Professor Nechyba is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as Associate Editor for the American Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance, and The BE Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy. He has previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Duke and is currently Department Chair.

His research, which has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, lies in the field of public economics, with particular focus on primary and secondary education, federalism and the functioning of local governments, as well as public policy issues relating to disadvantaged families.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Thomas J. Nechyba