Larry Singell

Executive Dean

Professor of Economics

Office of the Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Economics

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  • Owen Hall 204
    College of Arts and Sciences
    790 E. Kirkwood Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-7101


  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
  • M.A. in Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1984
  • B.A. in Economics, University of Colorado Boulder, 1983


Larry D. Singell was named executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University in 2011. As executive dean of the College, Singell administers one of the largest comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the country, including more than 70 degree-granting departments and programs that span the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The College is the oldest and largest division of Indiana University, with more than 900 faculty and more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students.

Under his leadership, the College recently became the administrative home of three new IU schools: the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, The Media School, and the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Prior to his arrival at Indiana University, Singell was a 23-year member of the faculty of the University of Oregon. He served as associate dean in the UO College of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2011 and as head of the Department of Economics from 2006 to 2008.

Singell serves on the editorial board and is a former editor of the Economics of Education Review, the leading journal in the economics of education.

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics
  • International Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics


  • “Pomp and Circumstance: University Presidents and the Role of Human Capital in Determining Who Leads U.S. Research Institutions”
  • “The Pursuit of Excellence: An Analysis of the Honors College Application and Enrollment Decision for a Large Public University”
  • “On (and off) the Hot Seat: An Analysis of Entry into and out of University Administration”
  • “Do No-Loan Policies Change the Matriculation Patterns of Low-Income Students?”
  • “Modeling Retention at a Large Public University: Can ‘At-Risk’ Students Be Identified Early Enough to Treat?”
  • “A Distributional Difference-in-Difference Evaluation of School Expenditures to Reform and Tax Limits”
  • “Aim High or Go Low? Pricing Strategies and Enrollment Effects When the Net Price Elasticity Varies with Need and Ability”
  • “Congratulations or Condolences? The Role of Human Capital in the Cultivation of a University Administrator”
  • “School Finance Reforms, Property Tax Limitation Measures, and the Distributions of Expenditures and Class Sizes”
  • “The Cost Analysis of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Implementation”
  • “Spatial Competition and the Price of College”
  • “Money for Nothing? The Institutional Impact of Changes in Federal Financial Aid Policy”
  • “Employment Effects of Two Northwest Minimum Wage Initiatives”
  • “The Pell Program at 30 Years”
  • “For Whom the Pell Tolls: A Test of the Bennett Hypothesis at Four-Year Universities”
  • “A Mismatch Made in Heaven: A Hedonic Analysis of Overeducation and Undereducation”
  • “Going, Going, Gone: An Analysis of Graduation Success at Three Large Public Universities”
  • “Two to Tango: Gender Differences in the Joint Decision to Publish and Coauthor in the Economics Profession”
  • “Hope for the Pell: The Impact of Merit Based Scholarships on Needy Students”
  • “Come and Stay a While: Does Financial Aid Effect Enrollment and Retention at a Large Public University?”
  • “A Test of the Signaling Hypothesis”
  • “The Participation, Placement, Performance, and Promotion of Female Ph.D. Economists in the Academic Labor Market”
  • “The Good, the Poor, and the Wealthy: Who Responds Most to College Financial Aid?”
  • “Merit, Need, and Student Self Selection: Is There Discretion in the Packaging of Aid at a Large Public University?”
  • “An Analysis of the Application Process and Enrollment Demand for Instate and Out-of-State Students at a Large Public University”
  • “Gender and Promotion in the Economics Profession”
  • “Assimilation and Cohort Quality among Highly Skilled Immigrants: The Role of Observed and Unobserved Heterogeneity”
  • “The Return to Hours and Workers in U.S. Manufacturing: Evidence on Aggregation Bias”
  • “Nepotism, Discrimination, and the Persistence of Utility-Maximizing, Owner-Operated Firms: A Reply”
  • “Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: Gender and Promotion in the Economics Profession”
  • “Asymmetric Information, Strategic Behavior, and Discrimination in the Labor Market”
  • “Nepotism, Discrimination, and the Persistence of Utility-Maximizing, Owner-Operated Firms”
  • “Strategic Discrimination, Scholarly Performance, and the Gender Composition of Economics Departments”
  • “Will Changing Times Change the Allocation of Faculty Time?”
  • “Gender Differences in First Jobs for Economists”
  • “Strategic Behavior and the Persistence of Discrimination in Professional Baseball”
  • “Gender Differences in the Careers of Ph.D. Economists”
  • “Managers, Specific Human Capital, and Firm Productivity in Major League Baseball”
  • “An Assessment of the Human Capital Content of International Migrants: An Application to U.S. Immigration”
  • “Leadership and Organizational Performance: Isolating Links between Managers and Collective Success”
  • “Work Location, Residence Location, and the Intraurban Wage Gradient”
  • “Racial Differences in Employment Policy of State and Local Governments”
  • “Baseball-Specific Human Capital: Why Good but Not Great Players Coach in the Major Leagues”
  • “Knight on Risk and Uncertainty”
  • “Local Measured Telephone Service in the USA”

Research Interests

An economist whose research focuses on the economics of higher education, Singell has worked extensively in the field of applied labor economics. He has studied a wide range of topics—from the effects of financial aid programs on access, retention, and graduation, to the ways in which education, discrimination, and career choices affect faculty placement in academic leadership positions. His most recent work studies the selection process of leaders, and focuses on the ways in which characteristics that determine how a leader is selected materially affect the productivity of an organization. He has also studied the role of sunshine laws in the selection of university and college presidents.