Adrienne Lucas

Associate Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 419 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1901


Adrienne Lucas is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is a development economist specializing in the economics of education and disease. Her current research focuses on the intergenerational effects of adult HIV/AIDS treatment, the importance of information in school choice decisions, and the effect of teacher incentives on student achievement. She has published research on malaria, free primary education, secondary school choice, the return to school quality, and early primary school literacy. Prior to joining the University of Delaware, she was an assistant professor of economics at Wellesley College. She received her Ph.D. and A.M. in Economics from Brown University and her B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Brown University. 2006
  • A.M. in Economics, Brown University. 2004
  • B.A. with Honors in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University. 1998
  • Curriculum Vitae




  • Economic Development
  • Applied Econometrics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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