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Robert J Garlick

Assistant Professor of Economics
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
204 Social Sciences, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097


Robert Garlick joined the economics department as an assistant professor in 2014. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the World Bank's Development Research Group and holds a PhD in economics and public policy from the University of Michigan. Garlick was born and raised in South Africa, where he studied economics, mathematics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town and managed a small education nonprofit.

Garlick studies education and labor economics in developing countries. He is currently working on peer and network effects in education, determinants of education investments by households, and transitions between education and the labor market. This work spans empirical and methodological topics, and includes primary data collection in and analysis of secondary data from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

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Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Economics · 2014 - Present Economics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center · 2014 - Present Duke Population Research Center, Duke Population Research Institute
Affiliate of the Duke Center for International Development · 2023 - Present Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor · 2013 Ph.D.