Hugh Macartney
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Duke University

239 Social Sciences Building
419 Chapel Drive
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0097


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Hugh Macartney is an assistant professor of economics at Duke University and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His broad research interests are in applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on the formation of human capital and the role of incentives in the public sphere, as well as on student segregation in the education sector and inequality more broadly. He utilizes both theoretical modeling and structural estimation techniques to explore these issues.
Research Interests

Public Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Personnel Economics, Urban Economics, Applied Econometrics
Teaching Interests

Public Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Microeconomics, Econometrics

What Determines School Segregation? The Crucial Role of Neighborhood Factors (with Gregorio Caetano), Journal of Public Economics, 194: 104335, 2021.

School Boards and Student Segregation” (with John Singleton), Journal of Public Economics, 164: 165-182, 2018.

The Dynamic Effects of Educational Accountability,” Journal of Labor Economics, 34(1): 1-28 (lead article), 2016.
Working Papers

Incentive Design in Education: A Distributional Analysis (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), 2020.

Teacher Value-Added and Economic Agency (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), 2020.

Estimating the Direct and Indirect Effects of Major Education Reforms (with Michael Gilraine and Robert McMillan), 2020.

Unequal Worker Exposure to Establishment Deaths (with Eric Nielsen and Viviana Rodriguez), 2020.

Current Teaching

In the spring of 2021, I will be teaching an undergraduate course on the economics of education.