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Curtis Simon

Curtis J Simon

Professor of Economics
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: 320 Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
Phone: 864 656 3966
Fax: 864 656 4192
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 Educational Background

    Ph.D. Economics
    SUNY-Binghamton 1985

    Ph.D. Economics
    SUNY-Binghamton 1983

    B.A. Anthropology
    College of William and Mary 1981

Courses Taught

  • ECON 8040, Applied Mathematical Economics
  • ECON 8160, Graduate Labor Economics
  • ECON 4010, Labor Economics


Curtis Simon is Professor of Economics at Clemson University. His early work examined unemployment differentials across U.S. cities, followed by study of the relationship between human capital and city growth. His interests along the way have included the economics of discrimination, labor market information, and fertility. His work in military manpower includes studies of enlistment and reenlistment, with a focus on the role of cash and in-kind incentives, including college benefit use. Most recently, he examined the relationship between compensation and combat risk. Currently, his interests center (1) the labor market outcomes of displaced workers and (2) the relationship between human capital and city growth.

Research Interests

  • City Growth
  • Displaced Worker Labor Market Outcomes
  • Job Matching and Location Choice of College Graduates

Research Publications

  • "Migration and Career Attainment of Power Couples: The Roles of City Size and Human Capital," J. Economic Geography (2018).
  • "Dynastic Human Capital and Black-White Earnings Differentials in the United States, 1940-2000," with Sean Mullholland, Chad Turner, and Robert Tamura, Journal of Human Capital (2018).
  • "Secular Fertility Declines, Baby Booms, and Economic Growth: International Evidence," Macroeconomic Dynamics, with Robert Tamura.
  • "Black and White Fertility, Differential Baby Booms: The Value of Equal Education Opportunity," with Kevin Murphy and Robert Tamura, Journal of Demographic Economics, 2016.
  • "Discounting, Cognition, and Financial Awareness: New Evidence from a Change in the Military Retirement System," with John Warner and Saul Pleeter, Economic Inquiry (2015).
  • "Sectoral Change and Unemployment during the Great Recession, in Historical Perspective," Journal of Regional Science (2014).
  • "Army Reenlistment During OIF/OEF: Bonuses, Deployment, and Stop-Loss," with John Warner, Defence and Peace Economics (October 2010).
  • "Educational Benefits and Military Service: An Analysis of Enlistment, Reenlistment, and Veterans' Benefit Usage FY 1991-2005," (With John Warner and Sebastian Negrusa), Economic Inquiry (October 2010).
  • "Do Higher Rents Discourage Fertility? Evidence from U.S. Cities, 1940-2000," (With Robert Tamura). Regional Science and Urban Economics (January 2009).
  • "The Supply Price of Commitment: Evidence from the Air Force Enlistment Bonus Program," (with John Warner). Defence and Peace Economics (August 2009).
  • "Fertility Decline, Baby Boom, and Economic Growth," (with Kevin M. Murphy and Robert Tamura). Journal of Human Capital, Vol. 2, no. 3 (2008): pp. 262-302.


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