Duncan Thomas
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Norb F. Schaefer Distinguished Professor of International Studies
Professor of Economics, Global Health and Public Policy
Department of Economics, Duke University

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Duncan Thomas investigates the inter-relationships between health, human capital and socio-economic status with a focus on the roles that individual, family and community factors play in improving levels of health and well-being across the globe. Much of this work highlights resource allocation and decision-making within households and families.

His research uses data from large-scale population based longitudinal surveys that he has designed and fielded in collaboration with Elizabeth Frankenberg and other colleagues in the U.S., Indonesia and Mexico. These include the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR) the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), the Work and Iron Status Evaluation (WISE), and the Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS).

He was the founding director of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Development Economics program and he is a fellow, past president and board member of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He was elected vice president of the Population Association of America (PAA) and, prior to that, was elected to the PAA Board of Directors.

    Email:     dthomas at econ.duke.edu
    Office:    224 Social Sciences

    Mail:       Economics Department, Duke University,
                 Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
    Street:   213 Social Sciences Building, 419 Chapel Drive,
                 Durham, NC 27708

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