Norb F. Schaefer Professor of International Studies
Professor of Economics, Global Health and Public Policy
Department of Economics,
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.
the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS),
the Work and Iron Status Evaluation (WISE),
the Study of the Tsunami Aftermath and Recovery (STAR)
and the Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS).
He was elected vice president of the Population Association of America.
He is a fellow, past president and board member of BREAD
and he currently directs the NBER Development program.
Email:  dthomas at econ.duke.edu
Mail: Economics Department, Duke University,
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Street: 213 Social Sciences Building, 419 Chapel Drive,
Durham, NC 27708