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Árpád J Ábrahám, Assistant Professor

Árpád J Ábrahám

Please note: Árpád has left the "Economics" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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Office Location:  235 Social Sciences
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 1854
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PhDPompeu Fabra University, Spain2002
M.Sc.Universitat Pompeu Fabra1997
DiplomaBudapest Közgazdasagtudományi Egyetem1994

Research Interests: Macroeconomics, Optimal Social Insurance, Recursive Contracts, Quantitative Methods

Professor Árpád Ábrahám joined Duke in the fall of 2002 after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. Previously, he held a research positions in the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences between 1994 and 1996 and at London Business School between 2000 and 2002. His research covers different fields of macroeconomic theory. One stream of Professor Ábrahám's current research is on extensions of the optimal social insurance literature to models where agents have access to a hidden credit markets. He also works on models where borrowing or portfolio constraints are endogenized by allowing agents to default on their debt.

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Sandra V. Lizarazo  
  • Omary Swinton  
  • Jeremy Ascher  
  • Kyoobok Lee  
  • Sandra V. Lizarazo  
  • Maria P. Olivera  
  • Kotaro Yoshida  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. A. Abraham, "Wage differentials and educational policy with skill-biased technological change in OG setting" (2002)
  2. A. Abraham with Gabor Kezdi, "Long-run trends in earnings and employment in Hungary, 1972-1996" (2000), Budapest Working Papers On the Labour Market, BWO 2000/2, Budapest
  3. A. Abraham with Reka Horvath, "Employment and Labour Market in Hungary" (1999), Working Document of the European Training Foundation and the European Commission
  4. A. Abraham, "Wage differentials under "education-biased" technological progress in OLG setting" (1999) (Master thesis, Barcelona.)
  5. A. Abraham with Gabor Kertesi, "Unemployment Differentials in Hungary: The Role of Race and Human Capital", in Hungary: Towards a Market Economy, edited by Halpern and Wyplosz (1999), Cambridge University Press

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