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Biographical Info of Thomas J. Nechyba

Thomas J. Nechyba has been a professor of economics and public policy studies at Duke University since 2003. He is also currently a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Germany. In the past, he has also held teaching positions at Stanford University and at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Professor Nechyba earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester in 1994.

Professor Nechyba specializes in public finance, fiscal federalism, and the economics of education. His research focuses specifically on public policy in relation to disadvantaged families, the function of local governments, and primary and secondary education. He recently completed a project funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation entitled, “An Empirical Investigation of Peer Effects in Schools and of Household Responses to School Policy Changes.” He has also received grants from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, the Spencer Foundation, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Hoover Institution, and others.

Professor Nechyba’s papers and articles have appeared in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Handbook of Economics and Education, Helping Children Left Behind, the Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, Economic Theory, and the Journal of Political Economy, to name a few. He has also written two books, Microeconomics and The Effect of Family and Community Resources on Education Outcomes with Dina Older-Aguilar and Patrick McEwan. He has also presented his research and ideas throughout the world. He has been invited to seminars at such universities as Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Brown, and many others. He has also given talks at conferences for the Econometric Society, the Institute of Humane Studies, the American Economic Association, and more.

Along with his teaching and research responsibilities, Professor Nechyba holds several other professional positions. He serves on the editorial boards for Regional Science and Urban Economics, International Tax and Public Finance, and The B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy. He has been on the graduate thesis committees for a number of his graduate students, and has been advisor for many of his undergraduate students. For his excellence achieved in academia, Professor Nechyba has received such awards as the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economics Association in 2004 and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching from Stanford University in 1995-96.

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