Charles Link

Professor of Economics,
Bank of America Professor of Business

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 408 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1921


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1971
  • M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1968
  • B.A., Economics, University of Missouri,  1966
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Simon Condliffe, Charles R. Link, Shreekant Parasuraman and Michael F. Pollack, “The Effects of Hypertension and Obesity On Total Health-Care Expenditures of Diabetes Patients in the United States,” Applied Economics Letters, vol. 20, No 7, pp. 649-652, 2013.
  • Charles R. Link, Michael Staten, and Daniel Brown, "The Success and Failure of Counseling Agency Debt Repayment Plans," Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 38, pp. 99-117, 2012.
  • Charles R. Link and Martin Yosifov, “Contract Length and Salaries: Compensating Wage Differentials,” Journal of Sports Economics, vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 3-19, February 2012.
  • Charles R. Link, Marco DiBonaventura, Michael Pollack, Jan-Samuel Wagner, and Setarah Williams, “The Relationship Between Patient-Reported Tolerability Issues With Oral Antidiabetic Agents and Work Productivity Among Type 2 Diabetes Patients,” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 53, number 2, pp. 204-21, February 2011.
  • Simon Condliffe and Charles Link, “Who Receives Statins? Variations in Physician Prescribing Patterns for Patients with Coronary Heart Disease,” Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 17, no. 17, pp. 1647 – 1652, March 2010.
  • Dan Brown and Charles Link, “Population and Bandwagon Effects on Local Team Revenues in Major League Baseball,” (with Dan Brown) Journal of Sports Economics, October, 2008.
  • Simon Condliffe and Charles Link, “The Relationship between Economic Status and Child Health: Evidence from the U.S.," (with Simon Condliffe)American Economic Review, Fall, 2008.
  • "The Shortage of Registered Nurses and Some New Estimates of the Effects of Wages on RN Labor Supply : A Look at the Past and a Preview of the 21st Century" (with Y. Chiha), Health Policy, Vol. 64, 2003, pp.349-375
  • Charles Link and Tevik Aksoy, “A Panel Analysis of Student Mathematics Achievement in the U.S. in the 1990s: Does Increasing the Amount of Time in Learning Activities Affect Math Achievement?” Economics of Education Review, vol. 19, pp. 261-267, July 2000.

Awards & Honors

  • Honor Society Membership, Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Grants:  Unidel Foundation, University of Delaware; University of Delaware Research Foundation; State of Delaware; U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  W.E Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  • University of Delaware Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2000


  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Major League Baseball
  • Health Economics

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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