Daniel B.


Daniel B. Jones

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Economics, 2013
  • BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Economics, 2008

Teaching and Research Areas

  • Public Economics, Public Economy, and Labor Economics
  • Research interests include: Race and gender in the economy; political selection and representation; non-monetary motivations in the labor market; charitable giving and the nonprofit sector

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • “Political Participation in a Violent Society: Evidence from the Post-Reconstruction South” with Werner Troesken and Randall Walsh (Journal of Development Economics, 2017) 
  • “Does partisan affiliation impact the distribution of spending? Evidence from state governments’ expenditures on education” with Andrew Hill (Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2017) 
  • “Wolves in sheep’s clothing: Is nonprofit status used to signal quality?” with Carol Propper and Sarah Smith (Journal of Health Economics, 2017) 
  • “Gridlock: Ethnic diversity in government and public good provision” with Brian Beach (American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017) 
  • “Too much information?: Communication & cooperation in a laboratory public goods game” (Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2017; special issue on “Experiments in Charitable Giving” edited by List, Price, and Samek) 
  • “Business as usual: Politicians with business experience, government budgets, and policy outcomes” with Brian Beach (Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2016)  
  • “Education’s gambling problem: Earmarked lottery revenues and charitable donations for education” (Economic Inquiry, 2015) 
  • “The supply & demand of motivated labor: When should we expect to see nonprofit wage gaps?” (Labour Economics, 2015) 
  • “Wallflowers: Experimental evidence of an aversion to standing out” with Sera Linardi (Management Science, 2014)   

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • University of South Carolina, Economics Department: Faculty recruiting committee member (2014-2015, 2015-2016); conference organizer, South Carolina Applied Micro Day (2015, 2016, 2017); PhD Program committee member 
  • Journal referee for: Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, Economica, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Socio-Economics, Management Science, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Regional Science & Urban Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Science and Public Policy 

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of South Carolina 


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