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Kirk White



Kirk White is an agricultural economist in the Agricultural Structure and Productivity branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division.


Prior to joining ERS, Kirk was an economist with the U.S. Census Bureau and Administrator of the Triangle Census Research Data Center at Duke University, where he conducted research on the dynamics of plant-level productivity in U.S. manufacturing and on neighborhood change. In addition, Kirk has been an instructor in the economics department at Duke University and a faculty member in the American Economic Association's Summer Minority Program.


Kirk earned a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, and a B.A. with honors in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Professional Affiliations:

Kirk is a member of the Industrial Organization Society.

Selected Publications:

Who Gentrifies Low-Income Neighborhoods?, with Terra McKinnish and Randall Walsh Journal of Urban Economics (forthcoming).

Initial Conditions at Emancipation: The Long-run Effect on Black-White Wealth and Income Inequality, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control (October 2007).

"Economic Inequality and Redistribution: Aristotle to Sen," International Review of Economics and Business (June 2005).

Last updated: Friday, December 06, 2013

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