Kirk Doran

Associate Professor

3048 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Kirk Doran is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Doran received his B.A. in Physics from Harvard University in 2002, his S.M. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 2002, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2008, where his dissertation won Princeton's labor economics dissertation award.  Doran's research focuses on issues in labor economics, innovation economics, and international migration, with a particular focus on human capital complementarities. His work has examined the implications of large migrations of top scientists on the productivity and knowledge generation of their peers. Recent work has focused on the role of externalities, collaboration, and geographic distance in knowledge production, the impact of top prizes on the intellectual content of their recipient's work, and the impact of highly skilled immigrants on firms which randomly receive them. Professor Doran's research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources, among others, and has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Upjohn Institute, and the Kauffman Foundation.


PhD., Princeton University, 2008

A.M., Princeton University, 2005

S.M., Harvard University, 2002

A.B., Harvard University, 2002