David E. Harrington
Himmelright Professor of Economics
Ascension Hall 325
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David Harrington joined Kenyon's Economics Department in 1986. His research focuses on the effects of state regulations on labor and consumer markets, especially funeral markets. He finds that stringent funeral regulations increase the cost of funerals, discourage women from entering funeral directing and impede innovations such as cremation and Internet casket sales. He has served as an expert witness in several lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of state funeral regulations. In 2011, he testified on behalf of the monks of Saint Joseph Abbey who were not allowed to sell their handmade wooden caskets in Louisiana because they were not licensed funeral directors. The monks won.
He is also interested in the effect of occupational licensing regulations on immigrants, especially on the entry of Vietnamese immigrants into manicuring, and the effect of state regulations on secondary ticket markets. His research has been described in BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and he has written op-ed essays for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post (website), The Baltimore Sun, and The Columbus Dispatch.
M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Economics, University of Pennsylvania
"Uncapping Ticket Markets," Regulation, Fall 2010, 33(2), 6-12.
"Markets: Preserving Funeral Markets with Ready-to-Embalm Laws," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 21, no.4 (Fall 2007):201-216.
"The Impact of State Licensing Laws on Low-skilled Immigrants: The Case of Vietnamese Manicurists?" with Maya Federman and Kathy Krynski. American Economic Review, 96(2) (May 2006): 237-241.
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 335 Economics of Immigration
ECON 342 Economics of Regulation
ECON 375 Introduction to Econometrics