Kirk Doran is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. 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 Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, Economica, Economics Letters, and Innovation Policy and the Economy, and has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Upjohn Institute, and the Kauffman Foundation.

Thematic Interests

Labor economics, development economics, applied microeconomics

Current Research

Applied microeconomics with a focus on labor markets, developing economies, and behavioral labor supply. How substitution of adult labor for child labor in rural Mexico can mitigate welfare losses from a ban on child labor.