Pat’s research focuses on a wide range of subjects, including racial inequality and segregation, social interactions, discrimination, neighborhood effects, housing market dynamics, education, and criminal justice. His most recent work has been published in Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Review, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is currently working on projects related that examine jury representation and its consequences, the intergenerational consequences of residential and school segregation, neighborhood tipping, gentrification, the effect of police and criminal justice interactions on families, and the impact of bail reform.
Pat is currently Gilhuly Family Professor of Economics at Duke University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as Chair of the Duke Economics Department from 2009-15.
Pat received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 1999 and his BA in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1994. He served on the faculty at Yale University for seven years before joining the Duke’s Economics Department in 2006.