Professor - Economics

Office: 541-737-1479

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 430

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Economic Development
  • Managerial Economics

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.

Curriculum Vitae


Brief Vita

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


“Is Child Labor Harmful?  The Impact of Starting to Work as a Child on Adult Earnings,” with André Portela Souza.  Economic Development and Cultural Change, January 2011, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 345-385.

"Fiscal Policy, Expectation Traps and Child Labor," with Shawn Knabb. Economic Inquiry, July 2007, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 453-469.

"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.

“Is There a Child Labor Trap?  Inter-Generational Persistence of Child Labor in Brazil,” with André Portela Souza. Economic Development and Cultural Change, January 2003, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 375 - 398.

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

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
School of Public Policy
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Policy Areas: International development; industrial, labor, urban and environmental economics; policy analysis.

PhD: Cornell University

PhD Faculty
MPP Core Faculty
MPP Faculty
SPP Concentration: 
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
International Policy
Law, Crime and Policy
Rural Policy
Social Policy
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