Associate Professor of Economics
Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato is an associate professor of economics at Duke University. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He studies how taxes and government spending affect economic growth and welfare. His research focuses on local labor markets and how firms respond to fiscal incentives. His work bridges insights from public finance with other fields, including labor, trade, development, industrial organization, and urban economics. His recent projects in the United States examine: how federal spending affects local economic growth, welfare, and inequality; who benefits from state corporate tax cuts; how subsidies for municipal bonds affect the borrowing cost of local governments; and how efforts to limit profit shifting affect domestic economic activity. His research on the Chinese economy studies the efficacy of meritocracy in the selection of political leaders and how corporate tax incentives affect investment, evasion, and productivity growth at the firm level. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Trinity University, and is a proud graduate of the AEA Summer Training Program in economics.