Tim Diette Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Analysis and Associate Professor of Economics

Tim Diette

Washington Hall 205
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Diette joined the Williams School faculty in 2004 as a visiting professor and as a tenure-track faculty member in 2006. Prior to his current position, he served as the interim head of the Economics Department and associate dean of the Williams School. Professor Diette had previous experience working in the Finance Departments at Bank of America and Wachovia followed by a stint as an Economist for the North Carolina Department of Revenue. He teaches courses involving the Economics of Education. Outside of the Economics Department, Professor Diette is also a faculty member of the Africana Studies Program and the Shepherd Poverty Program. He also advises students in the Education Policy Minor. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and a Visiting Research Fellow with The Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University.

Professor Diette conducts research on a range of issues related to the development and maintenance of human capital. Examples of recent research includes the influence of school composition on future life outcomes, the effect of immigrant students on native born students, the role of class size on student achievement, analyzing effects of charitable giving incentives, connections between traumas and well-being, and understanding access to rigorous courses within and across schools. He testified before a Canadian House of Commons committee regarding poverty reduction strategies and the adverse psychological consequences of exposure to unemployment. He has presented work at conferences sponsored by the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and the European Society for Population Economics. Outside of the university, he is a school board member for the Lexington City Schools.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)

M.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999)

B.A. in Economics and History, University of Vermont (1995) (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Economics of Education
Health Economics
Stratification Economics
Economic Education and Teaching of Economics


Economics 236: Economics of Education
Economics 239: Exploring Childhood in Scandinavia: Comparing Policies and Practices to the U.S.