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Curtis J Simon

Professor of Economics
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: 239 Sirrine Hall
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 917, Graduate Labor Seminar
  • ECON 816, Graduate Labor Economics
  • ECON 804, Applied Mathematical Economics
  • ECON 455-655, Applied Microeconomic Research
  • ECON 435, Family Economics
  • ECON 401, Labor Economics
  • ECON 314, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 211, Principles of Microeconomics


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 on the adjustment of labor markets to economic shocks, with a focus on the Great Recession.

Research Interests

  • Migration of Power Couples
  • Location Choice of College Graduates

Research Publications

  • "Discounting, Cognition, and Financial Awareness: New Evidence from a Change in the Military Retirement System," with John Warner and Saul Pleeter, Economic Inquiry (forthcoming).
  • "Sectoral Change and Unemployment during the Great Recession, in Historical Perspective," Journal of Regional Science (forthcoming).
  • "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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