Thomas Hertz



Tom Hertz has served as an Economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division since 2009. Prior to coming to ERS he taught at American University and the International University College in Turin, and was a visiting scholar at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.


Tom received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard College.

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Mieke Meurs, Juna Miluka, and Tom Hertz, "Declining secondary enrollment in Albania: What drives household decisions?" Forthcoming in Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies.

Tom Hertz, "Heteroskedasticity-robust elasticities in logarithmic and two-part models." Applied Economics Letters, 17:3 (February 2010), pp. 225-228.

Eric Alden Smith, Kim Hill, Frank W. Marlowe, David Nolin, Polly Wiessner, Michael Gurven, Samuel Bowles, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Tom Hertz, and Adrian Bell, "Wealth transmission and inequality among hunter-gatherers." Current Anthropology, 51:1 (February 2010), pp. 19-34.

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Ila Fazzio, William Irons, Richard L. McElreath, Samuel Bowles, Adrian Bell, Tom Hertz, and Leela Hazzah, "Pastoralism and wealth inequality: Revisiting an old question." Current Anthropology, 51:1 (February 2010), pp. 35-48.

Michael Gurven, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Paul L. Hooper, Hillard Kaplan, Robert Quinlan, Rebecca Sear, Eric Schniter, Christopher von Rueden, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, and Adrian Bell, "Domestication alone does not lead to inequality: Intergenerational wealth transmission among horticulturalists." Current Anthropology, 51:1 (February 2010), pp. 49-64.

Mary K. Shenk, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Jan Beise, Gregory Clark, William Irons, Donna Leonetti, Bobbi S. Low, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, Adrian Bell, and Patrizio Piraino, "Intergenerational wealth transmission among agriculturalists: Foundations of agrarian inequality." Current Anthropology, 51:1 (February 2010), pp. 65-83.

Eric Alden Smith, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Samuel Bowles, Michael Gurven, Tom Hertz, and Mary K. Shenk, "Production systems, inheritance, and inequality in premodern societies: Conclusions." Current Anthropology, 51:1 (February 2010), pp. 85-94.

Jessica E. Todd, Paul Winters, and Tom Hertz, "Conditional cash transfers and agricultural production: Lessons from the Oportunidades experience in Mexico." Journal of Development Studies, 46:1 (January 2010), pp. 39-67.

Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Samuel Bowles, Tom Hertz, Adrian Bell, Jan Beise, Greg Clark, Ila Fazzio, Michael Gurven, Kim Hill, Paul L. Hooper, William Irons, Hillard Kaplan, Donna Leonetti, Bobbi Low, Frank Marlowe, Richard McElreath, Suresh Naidu, David Nolin, Patrizio Piraino, Rob Quinlan, Eric Schniter, Rebecca Sear, Mary Shenk, Eric Alden Smith, Christopher von Rueden, and Polly Wiessner, "Intergenerational wealth transmission and the dynamics of inequality in small-scale societies." Science, 326:5953 (October 2009), pp. 682-688.

Tom Hertz, "The effect of non-farm income on investment in Bulgarian family farming." Agricultural Economics, 40:2 (March 2009), pp. 161-176.

Tom Hertz, Mieke Meurs, and Sibel Selcuk, "The decline in intergenerational mobility in postsocialism: Evidence from the Bulgarian case." World Development, 37:3 (March 2009), pp. 739- 752.

Rasika Ranasinghe and Thomas Hertz, "Measurement error bias in returns to education: Evidence from a developing country Sri Lanka." Journal of Economic Development, 33:2 (December 2008), pp. 107-124.

Tom Hertz, "A group-specific measure of intergenerational persistence." Economics Letters, 100:3 (September 2008), pp. 415-417.

Larry Sawers, Eileen Stillwaggon, and Tom Hertz, "Cofactor infections and HIV epidemics in developing countries: Implications for treatment." AIDS Care, 20:4 (April 2008), pp. 488-494.

Tom Hertz, "Trends in the intergenerational elasticity of family income in the United States." Industrial Relations, 46:1 (January 2007), pp. 22-50.

Tom Hertz, Tamara Jayasundera, Patrizio Piraino, Sibel Selcuk, Nicole Smith, and Alina Verashchagina, "The inheritance of educational inequality: International comparisons and fifty-year trends." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 7:2 (Advances) (October 2007), Article 10.

Tom Hertz, "Upward bias in the estimated returns to education: Evidence from South Africa." American Economic Review, 93:4 (September 2003), pp. 1354-1368.

Susan MC Payne, George R. Seage, Stephanie Oddleifson, Kathleen Gallagher, Minka vanBeuzekom, Helen Losina, and Thomas Hertz, "Using administratively collected hospital discharge data for AIDS surveillance." Annals of Epidemiology, 5:5 (September 1995), pp. 337- 346.

George R. Seage, Tom Hertz, Valerie E. Stone, and Arnold M. Epstein, "The effects of intravenous drug use and gender on the cost of hospitalization for patients with AIDS." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 6:7 (July 1993), pp. 831-839.

Valerie E. Stone, George R. Seage, Tom Hertz, and Arnold M. Epstein, "The relation between hospital experience and mortality for patients with AIDS." Journal of the American Medical Association, 268:19 (November 1992), pp. 2655-2661.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Tom Hertz, Ana Paula de la O-Campos and Alberto Zezza, Paul Winters, Esteban J. Quiñones,, Carlo Azzarri, and Benjamin Davis, "Gender Wage Gaps in Rural versus Urban Areas." In forthcoming volume of papers from conference entitled Gaps, trends and current research in gender dimensions of agricultural and rural employment: differentiated pathways out of poverty, Rome: FAO-ILO-IFAD, March/April 2009.

Tom Hertz, "Rags, Riches and Race: The Intergenerational Economic Mobility of Black and White Families in the United States." In Unequal Chances: Family Background and Economic Success, Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, and Melissa Osborne (eds.). New York: Russell Sage and Princeton University Press, 2005, pp. 165-191.

Tom Hertz, Chris Tilly, and Michael Massagli, "Linking the Multi-City Studys Household and Employer Surveys to Test for Race and Gender Effects in Hiring and Wage-Setting." In Urban Inequality: Evidence from Four Cities, Alice OConnor, Chris Tilly and Lawrence D. Bobo (eds.). New York: Russell Sage, 2001, pp. 407-443.

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