David H. Feldman
Department of Economics
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Office: Tyler 266
Phone: (757) 221-2372
Fax: (757) 221-1175
A. B., Kenyon College, 1978
Ph. D., Duke University, 1982
- Economics 475, International Trade: Theory and Policy (Syllabus)
- International Relations 300, IR in Disciplinary Perspective (Syllabus)
I grew up in south Florida. After high school, I wandered off to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. I thoroughly enjoyed the small-college, liberal arts education that I received from the dedicated teacher scholars at that school. I then spent four years at Duke University completing my M.A. and Ph. D. in economics. My first teaching position was at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. I came to William and Mary in 1989.
My teaching is broken into two specialties. The first is the economics, politics and history of the international economy. I offer courses on international trade, economic integration, and international relations. Since most of my scholarly efforts are now devoted to higher education, I am also offering a senior seminar in the economics of higher education.
My early research was in the fields of international trade and economic development. Most of this work was about the causes and consequences of global economic integration. Some of my future work may well return to these themes. Over the last decade, however, my professional writing has gravitated toward issues in higher education. Much of this work is co-authored with Robert Archibald. Our book, titled Why Does College Cost so Much? is a good example of that collaboration. Our next book will also be published by Oxford University Press, and it is titled, "The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities."
You can check out my higher education blog here:
I live in Williamsburg with my wife Susan. My eldest son finished an undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and is hard at work on a masters degree at New Mexico Tech, so my understanding of higher education has a personal component! We also share our house with three cats, who are the real owners.
In addition to economics, I have a passion for classical music. You can learn a bit more about this interest/hobby of mine on my PIANO PAGE.
My recent book:
Why does College Cost so Much? by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Also Available from Amazon, or downloadable as the Kindle version.
Bill Gates: Best Books I Read in 2013
Reviewed by Stanley Fish in the New York Times.
Reviewed by John Lea for Times Higher Education. This is a UK perspective.
Here is our discussion with David Leonhardt in the New York Times.
- Does Federal Aid Drive College Tuition? Regulation, 39 (2), Summer 2016, 12-18.
- A Quality-Preserving Increase in Four-Year College Attendance, Journal of Human Capital, 9 (3), Fall 2015, 265-297. With Robert B. Archibald and Peter McHenry.
- The Anatomy of College Tuition, American Council on Education, April 2012. With Robert B. Archibald.
- Are Plush Dorms and Fancy Food Plans Important Drivers of College Cost? Change Magazine, with Robert B. Archibald, (Jan-Feb 2011), 31-37.
- Revealed Preference for Car Tax Cuts: An Empirical Study of Perceived Fiscal Incidence, Applied Economics, with Robert B. Archibald, 41 (May 2009), 1495-1500.
- Why Do Higher Education Costs Rise More Rapidly than Prices in General, Change Magazine, 40 (May/June 2008), 25-31. with Robert B. Archibald.
- Explaining Increases in Higher Education Costs, Journal of Higher Education, 79 (May/June 2008), 268-295. With Robert B. Archibald.
- Graduation Rates and Accountability: Regressions versus Production Frontiers, Research in Higher Education, 49 (February 2008), 80-106. with Robert B. Archibald.
- State Higher Education Spending and the Tax Revolt, Journal of Higher Education, 77 (July/August 2006), 618-644. (with Robert B. Archibald).
Selected Op-Ed and Commentary Articles
- Why Debt-Free College Will Not Solve the Problems in America's Higher Education System, The Conversation, July 11, 2016.
- Why Bernie Sanders's Free College Plan Doesn't Make Sense, Washington Post (Grade Point), April 22, 2016.
- Getting the Facts Right about Higher Education Prices, Washington Post (Grade Point), May 11, 2015.
- Unintended Consequences of President Obama's Proposal to Make Community College Free, Washington Post (Grade Point), January 14, 2015
- A Simple Fix for the Broken College Scorecard, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 1, 2013.
- Shame on the Shame List, Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2012.
- Myths and Realities of Rising College Tuition, Student Aid Perspectives (NASFAA), March 23, 2012.
- What Bubble?, Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2011.
- College Costs, The Sequel, The New York Times, November 22, 2010.
- The Real Cost Equation, Inside Higher Ed, October 19, 2010.
- Why Does College Cost so Much? Forbes Magazine, August 11, 2010.
- College Administrations are Too Bloated? Compared to What, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 10, 2009.