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Faculty | Barton H. Hamilton | WashU Olin Business School
Barton H. Hamilton

Robert Brookings Smith Distinguished Professor of Economics, Management & Entrepreneurship and Academic Advisor Center for Experiential Learning

Area of Expertise:

Statistics/Econometrics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations, Statistics/Econometrics

Research Interests:

Entrepreneurship, health economics, labor economics, econometrics.

Selected Publications:

  • "Health, Risky Behavior and the Value of Medical Innovation for Infectious Disease", Review of Economic Studies, 1465-1510, with T. Chan, N. Papageorge, 2016
  • "The Small Firm Effect and the Entrepreneurial Spawning of Scientists and Engineers", Management Science, Issue 4, 659-681, with D. Elfenbein, T. Zenger, 2010
  • "The Gender Gap in NIH Grant Applications", Science, 1472-1474, with T. Ley, 2008
  • "Learning, Private Information and the Economic Evaluation of Randomized Experiments", Journal of Political Economy, 997-1040, with T. Chan, 2006
  • "Team Incentives & Worker Heterogeneity: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Teams on Productivity & Participation", Journal of Political Economy, 465-497, with J. Nickerson, H. Owan, 2003
  • "Does Entrepreneurship Pay? An Empirical Analysis of the Returns to Self-Employment", Journal of Political Economy, 604-631, 2000

Academic/Professional Activities:

  • Member, American Economic Association; Econometric Society; American Statistical Association


  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University, 2011
  • Reid Award for Olin BSBA Teacher of the Year, Washington University, 2008
  • Reid Award for Olin MBA Teacher of the Year, Washington University, 1999
  • John M. Olin Dissertation Fellowship, Stanford University, 1990

Personal Interests:

Professor Hamilton enjoys reptile keeping and breeding, dogs, hiking, reading, and professional football.
Barton H. Hamilton

Before joining Olin, Professor Hamilton was an Assistant Professor of Economics at McGill University for five years.

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Phone: (314) 935-8057

PhD 1993, Stanford University
BA 1985, University of California - Berkeley