Jorge Soares

Associate Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 315 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1914




  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Rochester, 1996
  • Masters in Economics, University of Rochester, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Portuguese Catholic University, 1988
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Borrowing Constraints, Parental Altruism and Welfare," Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 45, pages 1-20 (leading article), September 2015.
  • "Social Security: Universal Versus Earnings-dependent Benefits," Economica, Vol. 79 (316), pages 611-640 (leading article), October 2012.
  • “Welfare Impact of a Ban on Child Labor,” Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, Issue 4, Pages 1048–1064, October 2010.
  • "Distortionary Taxes and Public Investment when Government Promises are not Enforceable" with  Marina Azzimonti-Renzo and Pierre-Daniel Sarte, September 2009, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 33, Issue 9, Pages 1662–1681.
  • "The Politics of Public Education: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis," Journal of Population Economics, 2006 Vol. 19, Pages 367–389.
  • "Public Education Reform: Community or National Funding of Education?" April 2005, Journal of Monetary Economics, Volume 52, Issue 3 , Pages 669-697.
  • "Social security evaluation: a critique," February 2005, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 9, No. 1, Pages 57-97.
  • "Self-interest and Public Funding of Education," 2003, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 87/3-4, Pages 703 - 727.
  • "Efficient Public Investment in a Model with Transition Dynamics" with Pierre-Daniel Sarte, 2003, Economic Quarterly.
  • "Privatizing Social Security" with Thomas Cooley, 1999, Review of Economic Dynamicss, Vol. 2, Pages 713-755.
  • "A Positive Theory of Social Security Based on Reputation" with Thomas Cooley, 1999, Journal of Political Economy, Volume 107, Number 1, Pages 135-160.

Awards & Honors

  • Associate professor of Economics, University of Delaware, 2009-
  • Assistant professor of Economics, University of Delaware, 2005-2009
  • Assistant professor of Economics, George Washington University, 1998-2005
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Empirical Macroeconomics, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, July 2001


  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance
  • Political Economy

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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