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Don Cox Professor of Economics


April, 2007 (download PDF of this CV)

Office Address:

Department of Economics
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 02167 (617) 552-3677 (voice)
(617) 552-2308 (fax)
email: donald.cox@bc.edu
web: www2.bc.edu/~coxdo




B.S., Economics, Boston College, 1975
Ph.D., Economics, Brown University, 1980

Research Interests:

Intergenerational Transfers, Biology and Economics, Economic Development, Labor Economics


Economic Psychology, Labor Economics, Econometrics, Microeconomics

Professional Experience:

Professor, Boston College, 1995-present.

Associate Professor, Boston College, 1987–1994.

Assistant Professor, Washington University, 1981–87.

National Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, 1984–85.

Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1980–81.

Consultant, The World Bank, 1986–2000.

Social Sciences and Population Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 1997–2004.

Columnist, EconLib website, 2002–present.

Honors and Awards:

National Fellowship, Hoover Institute, 1984–85.

National Science Foundation Grant, 1986–89.

National Institutes of Health Grants, 1989-91, 1996–2000, 2003–08.

Who's Who In Economics, 4th Edition, 2003.


"Biological Basics and Economics of the Family." Journal of Economic Perspectives, forthcoming, Spring 2007.

"Intergenerational Caregiving and Exchange: Economic and Evolutionary Approaches." In Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations, A. Booth, A. C. Crouter, S. Bianchi, and J. A. Seltzer, eds. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press, forthcoming.

"Extended Family and Kinship Networks: Economic Insights and Evolutionary Directions." (with Marcel Fafchamps) In Handbook of Development Economics: Volume 4, T. P. Schultz and R. E. Evenson, eds., forthcoming.

"On the Demand for Grandchildren: Tied Transfers and the 'Demonstration Effect'." (with Oded Stark) Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 89, Nos. 9–10, (September 2005), pp. 1665–1697. Reprinted in

Handbook on the Economics of Happiness, L. Bruni and P. L. Porta, eds., Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., forthcoming.

"How Responsive are Private Transfers to Income? Evidence from a Laissez-Faire Economy." (with Bruce Hansen and Emmanuel Jimenez) Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 88, Nos. 9–10, (August 2004), pp. 2193–2219.

"Intergenerational Linkages in Consumption Behavior." (with Serena Ng and Andreas Waldkirch)

Journal of Human Resources, 39, No. 2 (Spring 2004), pp. 355–381.

"Private Interhousehold Transfers in Vietnam in the Early and Late 1990's." In Economic Growth and Household Welfare: Policy Lessons for Vietnam, P. Glewwe and D. Dollar, eds. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2004.

"Private Transfers within the Family: Mothers, Fathers, Sons and Daughters." In Death and Dollars: The Role of Gifts and Bequests in America, A. Munnell and A. Sunden, eds. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2003.

"Risk Sharing and Private Transfers: What About Urban Households?" (with Emmanuel Jimenez) Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 46, No. 3, (April 1998), pp. 621–37.

"Motives for Private Transfers Over the Life-Cycle: An Analytical Framework and Evidence for Peru." (with Zekeriya Eser and Emmanuel Jimenez) Journal of Development Economics Vol. 55, No. 1, (February 1998), pp. 57–80.

"Private Transfers in Vietnam." (with James Fetzer and Emmanuel Jimenez) In Household Welfare and Vietnam's Transition, D. Dollar, P. Glewwe, and J. Litvack, eds. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 1998.

"Family Safety Nets and Economic Transition: A Study of Worker Households in Poland." (with Emmanuel Jimenez and Wlodek Okrasa) Review of Income and Wealth Vol. 43, No. 2, (June 1997), pp. 191–209.

"Family Safety Nets During Economic Transition: A Study of Inter-household Transfers in Russia." (with Zekeriya Eser and Emmanuel Jimenez) In J. Klugman, ed., Poverty, Policy and Responses: The Russian Federation in Transition, Washington, DC: The World Bank, 1997.

"Discussion of Davies' 'Explaining Intergenerational Transfers.'" In Household and Family Economics, P. Menchik, ed. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996.

"The Connection Between Public Transfers and Private Interfamily Transfers." (with George Jakubson) Journal of Public Economics Vol. 57, No.1, (May 1995), pp. 129–167.

"Erratum." (with Mark Rank) Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 77, No. 3, (August 1995), p. 569.

"Private Transfers and the Effectiveness of Public Income Redistribution in the Philippines." (with Emmanuel Jimenez) In Public Spending and the Poor: Theory and Evidence, D. van de Walle and K. Nead, eds. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.

"The Effects of Borrowing Constraints on Consumer Liabilities." (with Tullio Jappelli) Journal of Money, Credit and Banking Vol. 25, No. 2, (May 1993), pp. 199–213.

"Female Labor Force Participation and Earnings in Venezuela." (with George Psacharopoulos) In G. Psacharopoulos and Z. Tzannatos, eds., Women's Employment and Pay in Latin America The World Bank: Washington DC, 1992.

"Inter-Vivos Transfers and Intergenerational Exchange." (with Mark Rank) Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 74, No. 2, (May 1992), pp. 305–314.

"Social Security and Private Transfers in Developing Countries: The Case of Peru." (with Emmanuel Jimenez) The World Bank Economic Review Vol. 6, No. 1, (January 1992), pp. 155–169.

"Selectivity Bias in Assessing Educational Outcomes."

International Encyclopedia of Education, T. Husen and T. N. Postlehwaite, eds. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1992.

"The Relative Effectiveness of Private and Public Schools: Evidence from Two Developing Countries." (with Emmanuel Jimenez) Journal of Development Economics Vol. 34, No. 1-2, (November 1990), pp. 99–121. Reprinted in

Market Approaches to Education: Vouchers and School Choice, E. Cohn, ed. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1997.

"Credit Rationing and Private Transfers: Evidence from Survey Data." (with Tullio Jappelli) Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 72, No. 3, (August 1990), pp. 445–454.

"Social Objectives Through Private Transfers: A Review." (with Emmanuel Jimenez)

World Bank Research Observer Vol. 5, No. 2, (July 1990), pp. 205-218.

"Intergenerational Transfers and Liquidity Constraints." Quarterly Journal of Economics Vol. 105, No. 1, (February 1990), pp. 187–217.

"Male-Female Wage Discrimination in Nineteenth-Century France." (with John Nye) Journal of Economic History Vol. 49, No. 4, (December 1989), pp. 903–920.

"Motives for Private Income Transfers." Journal of Political Economy Vol. 95, No. 3, (June 1987), pp. 508-546.

"Warm Feelings and Cold Calculations: Economic Theories of Private Transfers." (with Robert Defina) Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Review (March/April, 1986), pp. 15–22.

"Interfamily Transfers and Income Redistribution." (with Fredric Raines) In Horizontal Equity, Uncertainty and Economic Well-Being, M. David and T. Smeeding, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

"Panel Estimates of the Effects of Career Interruptions on the Earnings of Women." Economic Inquiry Vol. 22, No. 3, (June 1984), pp. 386–403.

"Inequality in the Lifetime Earnings of Women." Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 64, No. 3, (August 1982), pp. 501–504.

"The Decline in Personal Saving." Federal Reserve Bank of New York Quarterly Review Vol. 6, No. 1, (Spring 1981), pp. 25–32.

"Workers Ineligible for Retirement Benefits." (with Lucy Mallan) Social Security Bulletin Vol. 41, No. 12, (December 1978), pp. 3–11.

Working Papers and Unpublished Drafts:

"Financial Transfers to the Elderly and the 'Demonstration Effect'." (with Oded Stark).

"Motivation for Money and Care that Adult Children Provide for Parents: Evidence from 'Point-Blank' Survey Questions." (with Beth Soldo), Boston College Center for Retirement Research Working Paper no. 2004–17, (May 2004).

"Private Transfers in a Cross Section of Developing Countries." (with Emmanuel Jimenez and Emanuela Galasso).

"Inheritances, Family Traditions, and Bequests." (with Oded Stark)

Recent Grants and Awards:

"Biological Basics and Intergenerational Transfers." National Institutes of Health, 2003–09.

"Income from Household and Government Transfers," part of a larger project, "Economic Growth and Household Welfare–Policy Lessons from Vietnam," funded by the World Bank, Spring, 2001.

"The Demonstration Effect in Intergenerational Transfers." National Institutes of Health, 1996–2000. (with Oded Stark).

"A Study of Private Safety Nets in Developing Countries." Research funded by the World Bank, Summer, 1997.

"A Study of Private Safety Nets in Developing Countries." Research funded by the World Bank, Summer, 1998.

"Family Safety Nets and Economic Transition in Eastern Europe." The National Council for Soviet and East European Research, 1995–96. (with Wlodek Okrasa).

Recent Presentations at Conferences and Seminars

1998 American Economic Association Meetings, University of California Santa Barbara, UCLA, MIT, Swarthmore College, National Minority Research Symposium, Vanderbilt University

1999 The World Bank

2000 American Economic Association Meetings, 8th World Congress of the Econometric Society Meetings

2001 The Role and Impact of Gifts and Estates, Conference Sponsored by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College; University of Maryland

2002 American Economic Association Meetings

2003 American Economic Association Meetings, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Population Association of America Meetings

2004 Health and Retirement Study Research Conference on Older Families, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2005 Grantee Workshop on Intergenerational Family Resource Allocation at the National Institutes of Health; Oregon State University; Northeastern University; University of Virginia; Handbook of Agricultural Economics Conference, Bellagio, Italy; Washington University in St. Louis; Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University; Evolving Family Project, Cornell University; Workshop on Intergenerational Relations and Support, Cornell University

2006 Population Association of America Meetings, Stonehill College, Penn State Symposium on Family Issues


American Economic Review Journal of Econometrics

American Journal of Agricultural Economics Journal of Human Resources

Contemporary Economic Policy Journal of Labor Economics

European Economic Review Journal of Population Economics

Economica Journal of Money, Credit and Banking

Economic Development and Cultural Change Journal of Political Economy

Economic Inquiry Journal of Public Economics

Economic Journal National Science Foundation

Inquiry Review of Economics and Statistics

Journal of Asian Economics Review of Economic Studies

Journal of Development Economics Review of Income and Wealth

Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control Scandinavian Journal of Economics

Journal of Economics and Business World Bank Economic Review

Journal of Health Economics National Institutes of Health


Ph.D. dissertation committee member, Washington University (four).

Ph.D. dissertation advisor, Boston College (seven).

Ph.D. dissertation committee member, Boston College (twenty).

Advisor, undergraduate honors thesis, Boston College (twenty-four).

Email: donald.cox@bc.edu

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