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Rachel Kranton, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Economics

Rachel Kranton
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Office Location:  219 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1800
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Web Page:   https://sites.duke.edu/rachelkranton/


Ph.D. University of California - Berkeley 1993
MPA Princeton University 1986
B.A. University of Pennsylvania 1984

Microeconomic Theory
Development Economics
Industrial Organization
Economic Growth and Technological Change
Economics of Networks
Research Interests:

Rachel Kranton studies how institutions and the social setting affect economic outcomes. She develops theories of networks and has introduced identity into economic thinking. Her research contributes to many fields including microeconomics, economic development, and industrial organization. In Identity Economics, Rachel Kranton and collaborator George Akerlof, introduce a general framework to study social norms and identity in economics. In the economics of networks, Rachel Kranton develops formal models of strategic interaction in different economic settings. Her work draws on empirical findings and integrates new mathematical tools to uncover how network structures influence economic outcomes. Rachel Kranton has a long-standing interest in development economics and institutions. She focuses on the costs and benefits of networks and informal exchange, which is economic activity mediated by social relationships rather than markets.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Lee, VK; Kranton, RE; Conzo, P; Huettel, SA, The hidden cost of humanization: Individuating information reduces prosocial behavior toward in-group members, Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 86 (October, 2021) [doi[abs].
  2. Khaw, MW; Kranton, R; Huettel, S, Oversampling of minority categories drives misperceptions of group compositions., Cognition, vol. 214 (September, 2021), pp. 104756 [doi[abs].
  3. Thomas, D; Lawton, R; Brown, T; Kranton, R, Prevalence, severity and distribution of depression and anxiety symptoms using observational data collected before and nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic., Lancet Regional Health. Americas, vol. 1 (September, 2021), pp. 100009 [doi[abs].
  4. Kranton, R; Pease, M; Sanders, S; Huettel, S, Deconstructing bias in social preferences reveals groupy and not-groupy behavior., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117 no. 35 (September, 2020), pp. 21185-21193 [doi[abs].
  5. Amasino, DR; Sullivan, NJ; Kranton, RE; Huettel, SA, Amount and time exert independent influences on intertemporal choice., Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 3 no. 4 (April, 2019), pp. 383-392 [doi[abs].

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