David Black

Associate Professor of Economics
Graduate Program Advisor

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 415 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1902


  • Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 1969
  • B.A., Physics, Lawrence University, 1963
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Equitable Arrangements for Financing Beach Nourishment Projects," (with L. P. Donnelley and R. F. Settle), Ocean and Shoreline Management, Vol. 14, 1990.
  • "Drought, Recession Threaten Botswana Success Story," The International Herald Tribune, February 16, 1984.
  • "New Evidence on the Achievement of Wealth Neutrality in School Finance," (with K. A. Lewis and C. R. Link), Journal of Human Resources, Spring 1981.
  • "Wealth Neutrality and the Demand for Education: A Response," (with K. A. Lewis and C. R. Link), National Tax Journal, June 1980.

Awards & Honors

  • Director, Economics Program, University of Delaware-Bulgarian Coalition, 1993-1996
  • Acting Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Delaware, DE, 1989-90
  • Associate Chairman, Department of Economics, University of Delaware, DE, 1981-82
  • Fulbright Award Abroad, U. of Botswana
  • National Science Foundation Summer Institute on Urban Economics for College and University Teachers of Economics
  • Rockefeller Foundation Award, University of Nairobi
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Delaware
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, 2006


  • Microeconomics
  • International Trade

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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