Curriculum Vitae

Thomas J. Nechyba

Box 90989, Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708 (919) 681-6590 (office)

Date of Birth: March 27, 1968
Family: Married 6/20/1992 to Stacy L. Nechyba; three children - Eleanor Li Nechyba (born 12/07/2000), Jennifer Li Nechyba (born 4/08/2001), Katherine Wu Nechyba (born 9/22/2003).
Citizenship: Austrian, US Permanent Resident


Ph.D.University of Rochester1994
B.A.University of Florida1989
Areas of Research

Public Finance, Economics of Education, Fiscal Federalism

Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Professor, Department of Economics (and Public Policy Studies), 2003-Present
Associate Professor, Department of Economics (and Public Policy Studies), 1999-2002
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
National Fellow, Stanford University, September 1998 to August 1999
Stanford University
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, July 1, 1994 to April 30, 2000
Visiting Positions
Visitor, University of Munich, November 2000
Visiting Professor, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, June 1998-September 1998
Professional Affiliations

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, 1999-Present
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, 1995-1999
Research Fellow, Institute for Economic Research (CESifo), University of Munich, Germany, 2000-Present



  1. T. Nechyba, Microeconomics (working title) (2009 (expected publication)), Southwest/Thompson.
  2. T. Nechyba, D. Older-Aguilar and Patrick McEwan, The Effect of Family and Community Resources on Education Outcomes (1999), New Zealand Government, Ministry of Education.

Papers In Preparation

  1. T.J. Nechyba and R. England, Land Taxation and State-Level Fundamental Tax Reform (2006).
  2. J. L. Vigdor and T.J. Nechyba, Peer Effects in Elementary School: Learning from "Apparent" Random Assignment (2006).
  3. T.J. Nechyba, " A New Look at Peer Effects: Implications for School Design and School Choice" (2006).

Book Reviews

  1. Richard Lynn and Tatu Vanhanen, IQ and the Wealth of Nations, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. XLII (2004), pp. 220-21.
  2. Alan Auerbach and Martin Feldstein, eds., Handbook of Public Economics: Vol. 3, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. XLI (2003), pp. 1299-1301.
  3. George R. Zodrow, State Sales and Income Taxes: An Economic Analysis, Journal of Regional Science (2001).
  4. Helen Ladd, Local Government Tax and Land Use Policies in the United States: Understanding the Links, Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 29 (1999), pp. 547-52.

Journal Articles

  1. Nechyba, TJ, Tiebout sorting and competition, International Encyclopedia of Education (2010), pp. 388-393, Elsevier.
  2. Nechyba, TJ, Chapter 22 Income and Peer Quality Sorting in Public and Private Schools, in Handbook of the Economics of Education, vol. 2 (December, 2006), pp. 1327-1368, Elsevier.
  3. Nechyba, TJ, Income and Peer Quality Sorting in Public and Private Schools, in Handbook of the Economics of Education, Elsevier/North Holland., edited by Hanushek, E; Welch, F, vol. 2 (November, 2006), pp. 1327-1368.
  4. Nechyba, TJ, Alternative education finance strategies no. Mar (2006), pp. 7-27.
  5. Nechyba, TJ, School Finance, School Choice and Residential Segregation, Cesifo Economic Studies (2005), [Keynote Lecture at 2004 CES Public Sector Economics Conference].
  6. Nechyba, T, Comment: Land taxation in New York City: A general equilibrium analysis, City Taxes, City Spending: Essays in Honor of Dick Netzer (December, 2004), pp. 95-100, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  7. Nechyba, TJ, School Competition and School Quality in the U.S., Cesifo Dice Report Journal of Institutional Comparison, vol. 4 (December, 2004), pp. 3-8.
  8. Nechyba, TJ; Walsh, RP, Urban sprawl, The Journal of Economic Perspectives : a Journal of the American Economic Association, vol. 18 no. 4 (Fall, 2004), pp. 177-200, American Economic Association.
  9. Nechyba, TJ, IQ and the wealth of nations., Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 42 no. 1 (March, 2004), pp. 220-221, AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC.
  10. Epple, D; Nechyba, T, Chapter 55 Fiscal decentralization, in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, vol. 4 (January, 2004), pp. 2423-2480, Elsevier.
  11. Nechyba, TJ, Handbook of public economics, volume 3., Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 41 no. 4 (December, 2003), pp. 1301-1303, AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC.
  12. Nechyba, T, Public School Finance and Urban School Policy: General Versus Partial Equilibrium Analysis, Brookings Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (Fall, 2003), pp. 139-170.
  13. Nechyba, TJ, Centralization, fiscal federalism, and private school attendance, International Economic Review, vol. 44 no. 1 (February, 2003), pp. 179-204, WILEY.
  14. Nechyba, T, School finance, spatial income segregation, and the nature of communities, Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 54 no. 1 (January, 2003), pp. 61-88, Elsevier BV.
  15. Nechyba, TJ, What can be (and what has been) learned from general equilibrium simulation models of school finance?, National Tax Journal, vol. 56 no. 2 (January, 2003), pp. 387-414, National Tax Association.
  16. Nechyba, TJ, Social approval, values, and AFDC: A reexamination of the illegitimacy debate, Journal of Political Economy, vol. 109 no. 3 (January, 2001), pp. 637-672, University of Chicago Press.
  17. Nechyba, TJ, Social welfare and individual responsibility, Economics and Philosophy, vol. 16 no. 2 (October, 2000), pp. 361-368, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS.
  18. Nechyba, TJ, Mobility, targeting, and private-school vouchers, American Economic Review, vol. 90 no. 1 (January, 2000), pp. 130-146, American Economic Association.
  19. Nechyba, TJ, School finance induced migration and stratification patterns: The impact of private school vouchers, Journal of Public Economic Theory, vol. 1 no. 1 (December, 1999), pp. 5-50, WILEY.
  20. Nechyba, TJ, A Model of Multiple Districts and Private Schools: the Role of Mobility, Targeting, and Private School Vouchers (July, 1999), NBER working paper #7239.
  21. Nechyba, TJ; Strauss, RP, Community choice and local public services: A discrete choice approach, Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 28 no. 1 (January, 1998), pp. 51-73, Elsevier BV.
  22. Nechyba, TJ, Competitive governments: An economic theory of politics and public finance - Breton,A, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 35 no. 4 (December, 1997), pp. 2062-2064, AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC.
  23. Nechyba, TJ, Local property and state income taxes: The role of interjurisdictional competition and collusion, Journal of Political Economy, vol. 105 no. 2 (January, 1997), pp. 351-384, University of Chicago Press.
  24. Nechyba, TJ, Existence of equilibrium and stratification in local and hierarchical Tiebout economies with property taxes and voting, Economic Theory, vol. 10 no. 2 (January, 1997), pp. 277-304, Springer Nature.
  25. Nechyba, TJ, Public School Finance in a General Equilibrium Tiebout World: Equalization Programs, Peer Effects and Private School Vouchers (June, 1996), NBER working paper #5642.
  26. Nechyba, T, Fiscal Federalism and Local Public Finance: A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Framework, International Tax and Public Finance, vol. 3 no. 2 (January, 1996), pp. 215-231, Springer Nature America, Inc.
  27. Nechyba, T, A computable general equilibrium model of intergovernmental aid, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 62 no. 3 (January, 1996), pp. 363-397, Elsevier BV.
  28. T. Nechyba, Fiscal Federalims and Local Public Finance: A General Equilibrium Approach with Voting, Proceedings of the 86th Annual Conference of the National Tax Association (1995), pp. 136-141.
  29. Nechyba, TJ, The Southern wage gap, human capital and the quality of education, Southern Economic Journal, vol. 57 no. 2 (January, 1990), pp. 308-322, JSTOR.

Chapters in Books

  1. Nechyba, TJ, Mobilizing the Private Sector in the United States: A Theoretical Overview, edited by Chakrabarti, R; Peterson, PE, School Choice International: Exploring Public Private Partnerships (January, 2009), pp. 47-69, M I T PRESS.
  2. T.J. Nechyba, Tiebout Sorting and School Choice, in International Encyclopedia of Education, edited by Brewer, Dominic and Patrick McEwan (forthcoming), Elsevier.
  3. T.J. Nechyba, The Social Context of Vouchers, in Handbook of Research on School Choice (forthcoming), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  4. T.J. Nechyba, Public and Private School Competition Under U.S. Fiscal Federalism, in Land Policy in Fiscal Decentralization, edited by Ingram, Greg and Yu-Hung Hong (forthcoming).
  5. T.J. Nechyba, Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Education: A Theoretical Overview, in School Choice International, edited by P. Peterson and H. Patrinos (2007).
  6. Nechyba, TJ, The efficiency and equity of Tiebout in the United States: Taxes, services, and property values, in Land Policies and their Outcomes, edited by Ingram, GK; Hong, YH, Land Policies and Their Outcomes (January, 2007), pp. 68-89, LINCOLN INST LAND POLICY.
  7. J.L. Vigdor and T.J. Nechyba, Peer Effects in North Carolina Public Schools, in Schools and the Equal Opportunity Problem, edited by P. Peterson and L. Woessmann (2007), pp. 73-102, MIT Press.
  8. T.J. Nechyba, Mobility, Targeting and Private School Vouchers, in The Economics of Schooling and School Quality, The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (Mark Blaug, ed.), edited by Eric Hanushek (2004), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd ([Reprinted from 2000 American Economic Review article].).
  9. D. Epple and T. Nechyba, Fiscal Decentralization, in Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics: Volume 4, edited by V. Henderson and J. Thisse (2004), North Holland.
  10. Nechyba, TJ, Prospects for Achieving Equity or Adequacy in Education: The Limits of State Aid in General Equilibrium, in Helping Children Left Behind, edited by Yinger, J, Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity (Fall, 2004), pp. 111-143, M I T PRESS.
  11. T.J. Nechyba and J.L. Vigdor, Peer Effects in North Carolina Public Schools (2004).
  12. T. Nechyba, The Benefit View and the New View: Where do we stand 25 years into the debate?, in Property Taxation and Local Public Finance, edited by Wallace Oates (2002), pp. 113-21, Lincoln Institute Press: Cambridge, MA.
  13. Nechyba, TJ, The benefit view and the new view - Where do we stand, twenty-five years into the debate?, edited by Oates, WE, Property Taxation and Local Government Finance (January, 2001), pp. 113-121, LINCOLN INST LAND POLICY.
  14. T. Nechyba with Thomas MaCurdy, How Does a Community's Demographic Composition Alter Its Fiscal Burdens?, in Demographic Change and Fiscal Policy, edited by A. Auerbach and R. Lee (2001), pp. 101-148, Cambridge University Press.
  15. M. Heise and T. Nechyba, School Finance Reform: Introducing the Choice Factor, in City Schools: Lessons from New York (2000), John Hopkins University Press.
  16. Nechyba, TJ, Replacing capital taxes with land taxes: Efficiency and distributional implications with an application to the United States economy, edited by Netzer, D, Land Value Taxation (January, 1998), pp. 183-204, LINCOLN INST LAND POLICY.
  17. Nechyba, TJ, Public school finance and vouchers in a general equilibrium Tiebout world, 90th Annual Conference on Taxation, Proceedings (January, 1998), pp. 119-125, National Tax Association.
  18. T. MaCurdy and T. Nechyba and J. Battacharaya, An Economic Framework for Assessing the Fiscal Impact of Immigration, in The Immigration Debate: Studies on the Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Effects of Immigration, edited by J. Smith and B. Edmonston (1998), National Academy Press.
  19. T. Nechyba, Replacing Capital Taxes with Land Taxes: Efficiency and Distributional Implications with an Application to the US, in Land Value Taxation: Can It and Will It Work Today, edited by D. Netzer (1998), Lincoln Institute Press.
  20. T. Nechyba, Computable General Equilibrium in Local Public Finance and Fiscal Federalism: Applications to Local Taxation, Intergovernmental Aid and Educational Vouchers, in Fiscal Aspects of Evolving Federations, edited by D. Wildasin (1997), Cambridge University Press (pp 168-193.).
  21. R. McKinnon and T. Nechyba, Tax Competition in Federal Systems: Political Accountability and Financial Constraints, in The New Federalism: Can the States be Trusted, edited by J. Ferejohn and B. Weingast (1997), Hoover Institution Press (pp. 3-61.).
  22. Nechyba, TJ, Fiscal federalism and local public finance: A general equilibrium approach with voting, edited by Stocker, FD, 1994 Proceedings of the Eighty Seventh Annual Conference on Taxation (January, 1995), pp. 136-141, NATL TAX ASSOC-TAX INST AMER.


  1. T. Nechyba, "Comment" on "Non-Fiscal Residential Zoning", in The Tiebout Model at Fifty: Essays in Public Economics in Honor of Wallace Oates, edited by W. Fischel (2006), Lincoln Institute Press: Cambridge, MA.
  2. T. Nechyba, "Comment" on "Land Taxation in New York City: A General Equilibrium Analysis", in Urban Issues and Public Finance: Essays in Honor of Dick Netzer, edited by A. Schwartz (2004), pp. 95-100, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
  3. T. Nechyba, "Comment" on "Immigrant Children and New York City Schools: Segregation and Its Consequences", Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (2002), pp. 208-211.
  4. Nechyba, TJ, Prospects for Land Rent Taxes in State and Local Tax Reforms (2002), Lincoln Institute Working Paper.
  5. Nechyba, TJ, Introducing School Choice into Multi-District Public School Systems, in The Economics of School Choice, edited by Caroline Hoxby (2002), University of Chicago Press.
  6. Nechyba, TJ, The Economics of Education: Vouchers and Peer Group Effects (1998).
  7. T.J. Nechyba, "Block Grants, Matching Grants and the 'Flypaper Effect': The Role of Local and State/National Tax Bases" (1994).
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

2007 Duke University Scholar/Teacher of the Year, September, 2007
J. Fish Smith and Lillian F. Smith Lecture, Brigham Young University, Spring 2006
Congress for the New Urbanism Keynote Lecture, February 2006
Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who LLC, 2005-
Keynote Speaker, 2004 CESifo Public Sector Conference, University of Munich, "School Finance, School Choice and Communities", May 7-9, 2004
Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award, Southern Economic Association, 2004
Bass Society of Fellows, Duke University, 2002-Present
Fuchsberg-Levine Family Chair, Trinity College of Art and Sciences, July 1, 2002-June 30, 2007
National Fellowship, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, 1998-99
Sigrid Banks Fellowship, Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, 1998-99
Keynote Speaker, New Zealand Association of Economists Conference, "The Economics of Education: Vouchers and Peer Group Effects", September 2-4, 1998
Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 1995-1996
Voted among "Top Ten Professors at Stanford", Stanford Review, 1995
Researcher (NBER Family Members), National Bureau of Economic Research, 0 1995
First Place, Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association of Public Policy and Management, 1994
Second Place, 24th Annual Competition for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Government Finance and Taxation, National Tax Association, 1994
President's (Edward Peck Curtis) Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Rochester, 1993-1994
Conibear Prize for Best Third Year Paper, University of Rochester, 1992
Major Grant Support

NSF (SBR-0339000), "An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes," 1/1/2004-12/31/2008 (Nechyba, PI; Vigdor, CoPI).
Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, "Urban Sprawl," 2002-2003 (Nechyba, PI; Walsh, CoPI).
Spencer Foundation, "The Role of Peers, Parental Choices, and Neighborhoods," 1/1/2000-12/31/2003 (Nechyba, PI; Vigdor, Hill, CoPI).
NSF (SBR-9905706), "Efficient and Equitable Delivery of Education in a District Based Public School System," 6/1/1999-9/1/2001 (Nechyba, PI)
New Zealand Ministry of Education, "The Impact of Family and Community Resources on Educational Outcomes," 1999 (Nechyba, PI; Older-Aguilar,McEwan, CoPI).
NSF (SBR-9809269),"Vouchers, Migration and School Quality," 6/1/1998-5/31/1999 (Nechyba, PI).
Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, "Land Taxes as State Tax Bases," 1998-1999, (Nechyba, PI).
Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, "The Revenue Potential for Land Value Taxation," 1997-1998 (Nechyba, PI).
Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), "Education and Welfare Policy," 1994-1996 (Nechyba, PI).

Conferences Organized

Organizing Committee, 2007 Public Economic Theory Conference, 2006-2007
Program Committee, Econometric Society Summer Meetings, 2006-2007
Chair, Program Committee and Host, 4th International Conference on Public Economic Theory, June 2003
Scientific Organizing Committee, International Institute of Public Finance, Summer 2002
Organizer and Chair, Program Committee, Interdisciplinary Conference on Education and Incentives, December 2001
Organizer, Week of Seminars on "Competition in Urban Economics", July 13-17, 1998
Organizer, Week of Seminars on "Intergovernmental Competition in Public Economics", July 1998
Organizer, Week of Seminars on "Intergovernmental Competition in Public Economics", August 1--15, 1997
Professional Service

A&S Council
Judicial Affairs Task Force, February 2007  
Member, Arts and Sciences Committee on Degrees (AB vs BS), 2006 - present  
University Committee
Social Science Research Institute Advisory Board, 2004 - present  
Task Force on Departmental IT Support, 2005-2006  
Arts and Sciences Council, September 1, 2003 - August 31, 2004  
Academic Council, July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2004  
Senior Associate, Micro Incentives Research Center, July 1, 2000 - June, 2004  
Arts and Sciences Task Force (Budget and Finance), 2002  
Social Sciences Planning Group, 2001-2002  
Dept Officer
Economics Center of Teaching (EcoTeach), 2011 - present  
Department Chair, June 1, 2003 - undefined 2009, 05  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2001-2003  
Director, Economics Center of Teaching (EcoTeach), July 1, 2000 - May 31, 2003  
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (Stanford University), 1996-1997  
Dept Committee
Department of Economics Executive Committee, 1999-Present  
Chair, Senior Recruiting, 2002-2003  
Chair, Economics Department Strategic Planning Committee, 2002  
Chair, Committee to Reform Undergraduate Economics Core, 2000-2001  
Chair, Micro-Theory Recruiting Committee, 1999-2000  
Committee to Reform Undergraduate Economics Requirements (Stanford University), 1997-1998  
Committee to Reform Graduate Ecoomics Core Curriculum (Stanford University), 1996-1997  
Graduate Admissions Committee (Stanford University), 1994-1995  
Associate Editor, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2007 - present  
Associate Editor, American Economic Review, 2001 - 2007  
Associate Editor, International Tax and Public Finance, 2003 - present  
Associate Editor, BE Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2006 - present  
Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2006 - present  
D. Lincoln Fellowship Advisory Committee, 2005 - present  
Advisory Board, School Choice Demonstration Project, 2004-Present  
Associate Editor, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 1997-2002  
Selected Recent Invited Talks

J. Fish Smith and Lillian F. Smith Lecture, Brigham Young University, Spring 2006
Keynote Lecture, Congress for a New Urbanism, February 2006
Various University Seminar Presentations, 2006
Doctoral Theses Directed

Kata Mihaly, (2008)
Patrick Dudley, (2008)
Alvin Murphy, (2008)
Anil Nathan, (2008)
Josh Kinsler, (2007)
Renzo Massari, (2006)
Jane Cooley, (2006)
Cathleen McHugh, (2005)
Saunders Shauna, (2005)
Bentley Coffey, (2004)
Thomas Anderson, (2002)
Kivanc Kirgiz, (2002)
Randall Walsh, (2002)
Gregory Besharov, (2000)
Patrick McEwan, (2000)
Koshy Mathai, (1999)
Patrick Bayer, (1999)
Robert McMillan, (1999)
Jonathan Rork, (1999)
David Mancuso, (1998)
Bret Dickey, (1998)
Jessie David, (1998)
Thomas DeLeire, (1997)
Geeta Singh, (1997)
Chris Timmins, (1997)
Jiahua Che, (1996)
Daniel Garrett, (1996)
William Vogt, (1996)
Michael Smart, (1995)
Uday Rajan, (1995)
Susan Snyder, (1995)

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