Mark Duggan (economist)

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Mark Gregory Duggan
Born (1970-11-13) November 13, 1970 (age 47)
Alma mater Harvard University
Spouse(s) Yes
Children 2
Scientific career
Fields Economics
Institutions Stanford University
Thesis Public policies and private behavior (1999)
Doctoral advisors Lawrence F. Katz, David Cutler, Martin Feldstein, Andrei Shleifer

Mark Gregory Duggan (born November 13, 1970) is the Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, where he is also the director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).

Education and career[edit]

Duggan received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1994, respectively.[1] He went on to receive his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1999, whereupon he joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of economics. In 2003, he left the University of Chicago to become an associate professor in the University of Maryland's economics department, where he became a full professor in 2007. From 2009 to 2010, he was a senior economist in the Obama administration's Council of Economic Advisers. In 2011, he left the University of Maryland to become a professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named the Rowan Family Foundation Professor in 2012. In 2014, he left the Wharton School to become The Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford, as well as a senior fellow of SIEPR there in the same year. In September 2015, he became the director of SIEPR.[2][3]


While at the University of Chicago, Duggan worked with Steven Levitt to study whether sumo wrestling matches in Japan were rigged,[4] and published multiple studies on the relationship between gun ownership and rates of homicide and suicide.[5][6][7] His research on gun ownership has found that it was positively related to the homicide rate, and that looser concealed carry laws do not reduce crime.[8] More recently, he has published studies linking disability benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, to high rates of unemployment.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Duggan is married, with two children.[2]


  1. ^ "Mark Duggan". Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Stanford University. 
  2. ^ a b Duggan, Mark. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Parker, Clifton (21 September 2015). "New director of Stanford economic institution puts focus on research, students and policy". Stanford News. 
  4. ^ "Investigations: Of sumo wrestlers and other mysteries". University of Chicago Magazine. Vol. 95 no. 4. 2003-04-01. 
  5. ^ Koretz, Gene (27 November 2000). "New Ammo In The Gun Debate". Bloomberg. 
  6. ^ Doherty, Brian (5 January 2016). "You Know Less Than You Think About Guns". Reason. 
  7. ^ "A history of violence". The Economist. 18 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Francis, David R. (30 October 2000). "Academics, not candidates, exchange fire on guns". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Mark (22 December 2014). "Rising VA Disability Payments Linked to Veteran Unemployment". Time. 
  10. ^ Gade, Daniel. "A Better Way to Help Veterans". National Affairs. No. 16. 

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