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Faculty and Staff Profile

Curtis J Simon

Professor of Economics
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: 239 Sirrine Hall
Phone: 864 656 3966
Fax: 864 656 4192
Personal Website:

 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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