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.

Hugh joined the Department of Economics in 2011, after completing his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the faculty, he worked as a lecturer as well as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Toronto. With respect to his research, Hugh was awarded the Hartle Award for outstanding graduate scholarship on a policy-relevant topic in 2011, Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLSRN) Fellowships in 2009 and 2010, and a Royal Bank Graduate Fellowship in 2005, among various other awards. He has presented his work at a number of conferences and seminars, and has also served as referee for several peer-reviewed journals.
Research Interests

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

Public Economics, Economics of Education, Microeconomics

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

A Unifying Framework for Education Policy Analysis (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), 2016.

Neighborhood Sorting and School Segregation (with Gregorio Caetano), 2016.

Incentives in Education and Teacher Effort,” 2016.

Education Reform in General Equilibrium: Evidence from Class Size Reduction in California (with Michael Gilraine and Robert McMillan), 2016.

School Boards and Student Segregation (with John Singleton), 2016.

Incentive Design in Education: An Empirical Analysis (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), NBER Working Paper No. 21835, 2015.

Quasi-Experimental Evidence of School Choice through Residential Sorting (with Gregorio Caetano), 2014.

The Consequences of Combining Apparently Unrelated Accountability Regimes (with Robert McMillan and Uros Petronijevic), 2014.
Current Teaching

In the spring of 2017, I will be teaching an undergraduate course and two graduate modules on the economics of education.