Daniel Hicks is an applied economist at RAND. With over fifteen years of experience specializing in labor and international development, Hicks is currently leading multiple projects including several on personnel and health issues for the U.S. Army. At RAND, he has studied forced labor in supply chains; educational interventions for at-risk youth; how new technologies and approaches can provide early insights into emerging global disease epidemics; and political polarization. His published research addresses topics in gender ­inequality, health, environmental economics, education, crime, conflict, and public policy. In addition to studies on the United States, he has undertaken research projects on Bolivia, China, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, South Korea, and Uzbekistan. Hicks was a tenured associate professor at the University of Oklahoma. His studies have been published in American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Economic Inquiry, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics of the Household, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Oxford Economic Papers. His research has been featured in the Economist, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and VoxEU.


Ph.D. in economics, University of California - Berkeley; BA in economics, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill



Selected Work

  • Huiqiong Duan and Daniel Hicks, "New Evidence on Son Preference among Immigrant Households in the United States," IZA Journal of Development and Migration (forthcoming)
  • Victor Gay, Daniel Hicks, Estefania Santacreu-Vasut, and Amir Shoham, "Decomposing culture: An analysis of gender, language, and labor supply in the household," Review of Economics of the Household, 16(4), 2018
  • Daniel Hicks and Beatriz Maldonado, "Is There Adaptation to Predictable Climate Change Along the Temperature-Conflict Nexus? Evidence from the El Niño Southern Oscillation," Applied Economics Letters, 26(11), 2018
  • Kevin Grier, Daniel Hicks, and Weici Yuan, "Marriage Market Competition and Conspicuous Consumption in China," Economic Inquiry, 54(2), 2016
  • Daniel Hicks, "Consumption Volatility, Marketization, and Expenditure in an Emerging Market Economy," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 7(2), 2015
  • with Estefania Santacreu-Vasut and Amir Shoham, "Does Mother Tongue make for Women's Work? Linguistics, Household Labor, and Gender Identity," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 110, 2015
  • Joan Hamory and Daniel Hicks, "Jealous of the Joneses: Conspicuous Consumption, Inequality and Crime," Oxford Economics Papers, 66(4), 2014
  • Daniel Hicks, "War and the Political Zeitgeist: Evidence from the History of Female Suffrage," European Journal of Political Economy, 31(September), 2013

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