Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies; Professor of Economics
252 Rubenstein Hall
Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy
Durham, NC 27708-0312
Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
Expertise: accountability, achievement, adolescent delinquency, racial/ethnic inequalities, school finance, teacher labor markets
Jacob L. Vigdor is Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University, and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a member of the CALDER North Carolina team.
Dr. Vigdor’s research interests are in the broad areas of education policy, housing policy, and political economy. Within those areas, he has published numerous scholarly articles on the topics of residential segregation, immigration, housing affordability, the consequences of gentrification, the determinants of student achievement in elementary school, the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior among adolescents, teacher turnover, civic participation and voting patterns, and racial inequality in the labor market. These articles have been published in outlets such as the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Dr. Vigdor's scholarly activities have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Spencer Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Vigdor has taught at Duke since 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.