Hugh Macartney
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Duke University

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

Phone: (919) 660-1866

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. His work uses both theoretical modeling and structural estimation to examine key aspects of the education production process that underlie student achievement, such as teacher effort and the match between teachers and students. The goal of this work is to evaluate and prescribe policy refinements in order to allocate education resources more efficiently.
Research Interests

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

Public Economics, Economics of Education, Microeconomics

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

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

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

What Determines School Segregation? The Crucial Role of Neighborhood Factors (with Gregorio Caetano), 2019.

Economic Shocks and Worker Inequality: Evidence from the Great Recession (with Eric Nielsen and Viviana Rodriguez), 2019.

Education Reform in General Equilibrium: Evidence from California's Class Size Reduction (with Michael Gilraine and Robert McMillan), NBER Working Paper No. 24191, 2018.
Current Teaching

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