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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Adrienne Lucas

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Title Professor of Economics, Chair – Department of Economics
Office 406A Purnell Hall


Adrienne Lucas is a professor of economics in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a faculty affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and a research network member of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). She is a development economist specializing in the economics of education and disease. Her current research focuses on the importance of information in school choice decisions, using existing school system personnel and resources to increase student learning, and external validity across contexts. Lucas has published research on malaria, free primary education, HIV/AIDS, secondary school choice, the return to school quality, teacher incentives and improving 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.

Watch Professor Lucas explain her work on the intergenerational effects of HIV, improving student learning in existing schooling systems and the importance of school leaders.


  • 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

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