Daniel Hicks

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


Daniel Hicks is an applied economist with over a decade of experience researching topics in economic development and labor. He has published research examining climate change, gender ­roles, educational investments, crime, conflict, health and public policy. Hicks has recently worked to estimate the causal impacts of air pollution, environmental shocks, and climate change on the health of vulnerable populations. He is currently serving as co-investigator for an ongoing NASA Land-Cover & Land-Use Change Program Grant to study population health vulnerabilities induced by the China’s Belt and Road Initiative throughout Central Asia. At RAND, Hicks has worked to assess educational interventions for at-risk youth and well as to identify how new technologies and approaches can be harnessed to gain early insights into emerging global epidemics. In addition to studies on the United States, he has research projects on human capital and development topics in Bolivia, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uzbekistan. Before working at RAND, Hicks was a tenured associate professor at the University of Oklahoma. His studies have been published in numerous outlets such as the 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, the LSE United States Politics and Policy Centre, and VoxEU.

Previous Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oklahoma

Recent Projects

  • Syndromic Surveillance 2.0: Identifying Emerging Epidemics in the 21st Century
  • National Guard Youth Challenge and Job Challenge: Metrics for Success

Selected Publications

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