Hugh Macartney
Senior Economist
PXT Central Science at Amazon

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics
Duke University


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



Hugh Macartney is a senior economist at Amazon, an adjunct 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 personnel settings, as well as on 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

Unequal Worker Exposure to Establishment Deaths (with Eric Nielsen and Viviana Rodriguez), Labour Economics, 73: 102073, 2021.

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

A Quantitative Framework for Analyzing the Distributional Effects of Incentive Schemes (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), 2021.

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.

Current Teaching

In the spring of 2021, I taught an undergraduate course on the economics of education.