Contact Information

Texas A&M University Department of Economics
3087 Allen Building
4228 TAMU                                                College Station, TX  77843

Phone: (979) 845-7302
Fax: (979) 847-8757





Mark Hoekstra
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics including Labor Economics and the Economics of Education


  • Does Strengthening Self-Defense Law Deter Crime or Escalate Violence?  Evidence from Expansions to Castle Doctrine (with Cheng Cheng), Journal of Human Resources 2013, 48 (3): 821-854 (pdf) (Stata files) (homicide data in Excel format) (brief description of methodology)

  • Family Business or Social Problem?  The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence (with Scott E. Carrell), Journal of Policy Analysis & Management 2012, 31 (4): 861-875 (pdf)

  • Is Poor Fitness Contagious?  Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends (with Scott E. Carrell and James West) Journal of Public Economics 2011, 95 (7-8): 657-663 (pdf)

  • The Ticket to Easy Street?  The Financial Consequences of Winning the Lottery (with Scott Hankins and Paige Marta Skiba),  Review of Economics and Statistics 2011, 93 (3): 961-969 (pdf)

  • Does Drinking Impair College Performance?  Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach (with Scott E. Carrell and James West),  Journal of Public Economics 2011, 95 (1-2): 54-62 (pdf)

  • Does High School Quality Matter?  Evidence from Admissions Data (with Daniel Berkowitz), Economics of Education Review 2011, 30 (2): 280-288 (pdf)

  • Lucky in Life, Unlucky in Love?  The Effect of Random Income Shocks on Marriage and Divorce (with Scott Hankins),  Journal of Human Resources 2011, 46 (2): 403-426 (pdf)

  • Externalities in the Classroom: How Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Affect Everyone’s Kids (with Scott E. Carrell)American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2010, 2 (1): 211-228 (pdf)

  • The Effect of Attending the Flagship State University on Earnings: A Discontinuity-Based Approach, Review of Economics and Statistics 2009, 91 (4):  717-724 (pdf) (appendices)

Working Papers

  • Bank Privatization, Finance, and Growth (with Daniel Berkowitz and Koen Schoors) (pdf)

  • How Do Households Respond to Increases in Fuel Economy?  Regression Discontinuity Evidence (with Jeremy West, Jonathan Meer, and Steven L. Puller) (pdf)

  • When Should We Trust Weighted Least Squares Estimates? (with Cheng Cheng)

  • Are School Counselors a Cost-Effective Education Input? (with Scott E. Carrell)  (pdf)

Work in Progress

  • Racial Preference Formation (with Scott E. Carrell and James West)

  • Illegal Immigration, State Law, and Deterrence (with Sandra Orozco-Aleman)

  • Are Human Capital Decisions Made by Informed Agents?  Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Mark Rush)

Currently Teaching:

Previous Courses:

  • ECON 604 - Public Economics II (graduate-level) (syllabus)