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 recent work examines the unintended consequences that can arise in an education setting when reforms designed to hold teachers more accountable for the performance of their students are implemented. His current work uses both theoretical modeling and structural estimation to examine the various aspects of the education production process that underlies 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 conferences in the United States and in Canada 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
Working Papers
The Dynamic Effects of Educational Accountability
Quasi-Experimental Evidence of School Choice through Residential Sorting (with Gregorio Caetano)

Nonlinearities in Education Production (with Robert McMillan)
Strategic Gaming Through the Allocation of Teachers
Current Teaching
In the spring of 2014, I will be teaching an undergraduate course and two graduate modules on the economics of education.