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Patrick Emerson

Patrick Emerson

Associate Professor
Economics Program
Ballard Hall 319B
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
Phone: (541)737-1479
Email: email: Patrick M. Emerson





Biographical Information

Patrick received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2000. He joined the OSU Economics Department in 2006.

Research Interests

Patrick M. Emerson’s research interests are in international, development and labor economics as well as industrial organization and applied microeconomics. His recent research activity has concentrated on both theoretical and empirical examinations of child labor and of the consequences of corruption in developing countries. Professor Emerson’s work has been published in numerous journals, including The Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Economics, Economica, the World Bank Economic Review and Economic Inquiry.


  • international economics
  • economic development
  • managerial economics

Selected Papers

"Fiscal Policy, Expectation Traps and Child Labor." (w/ Shawn Knabb). Forthcoming: Economic Inquiry.

"Corruption, Competition and Democracy." Journal of Development Economics, October 2006, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 193-212.

"Opportunity, Inequality and the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Labor." (w/ Shawn Knabb). Economica, August 2006, Vol. 73, No. 291, pp. 413-434.

"Multi-Dimensional Separating Equilibria and Moral Hazard: An Empirical Study of National Football League Contract Negotiations." (w/ Mike Conlin) The Review of Economics and Statistics, August 2003, Vol. 85, No. 3, pp. 760-765.

"The Economics of Tenancy Rent Control." (w/ Kaushik Basu) The Economic Journal, October 2000, Vol. 110, No. 466, pp. 939-962.