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Faculty and Staff Profile

Peter Blair

Assistant Professor

Office: Sirrine Hall 220F
Phone: 864-656-1154
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Applied Economics
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 2015

MSc. Physics
Harvard University 2008

BSc. Mathematics & Physics
Duke University 2006


My intellectual curiosity for economics developed from my experience as a young entrepreneur. On weekends, my mom, my six brothers and I sold fruits and vegetables in a local tourist market in the Bahamas. Our family business was born from necessity—helping my mom pay the bills for our family of eight. These fledgling experiences with economic tools in a business context motivated me to study the role that economics plays in the day-to-day lives of households. As an Economics major at the College of the Bahamas, my knowledge of the field grew in a more formal way. My undergraduate and graduate training in Theoretical Particle Physics at Duke University and Harvard University, moreover, equipped me with the technical modelling tools which prepared me to pursue graduate studies in Economics. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Applied Economics at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).

 Research Interests

Primary Fields: Urban Economics and the Economics of Education

Secondary Fields: Applied Micro-economic Theory and Development Economics.


Research Interview on Residential Segregation (Becker-Friedman Center)