Jorge Soares

Associate Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 315 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1914




  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Rochester, 1996
  • Masters in Economics, University of Rochester, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Portuguese Catholic University, 1988
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Social Security: Universal Versus Earnings-dependent Benefits," Economica, Vol. 79 (316), pages 611-640, October 2012.
  • “Welfare Impact of a Ban on Child Labor,” Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, Issue 4, Pages 1048–1064, October 2010.
  • "Distortionary Taxes and Public Investment when Government Promises are not Enforceable" with  Marina Azzimonti-Renzo and Pierre-Daniel Sarte, September 2009, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 33, Issue 9, Pages 1662–1681.
  • "The Politics of Public Education: A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis," Journal of Population Economics, 2006 Vol. 19, Pages 367–389.
  • "Public Education Reform: Community or National Funding of Education?" April 2005, Journal of Monetary Economics, Volume 52, Issue 3 , Pages 669-697.
  • "Social security evaluation: a critique," February 2005, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 9, No. 1, Pages 57-97.
  • "Self-interest and Public Funding of Education," 2003, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 87/3-4, Pages 703 - 727.
  • "Efficient Public Investment in a Model with Transition Dynamics" with Pierre-Daniel Sarte, 2003, Economic Quarterly,
  • "Privatizing Social Security" with Thomas Cooley, 1999, Review of Economic Dynamicss, Vol. 2, Pages 713-755.
  • "A Positive Theory of Social Security Based on Reputation" with Thomas Cooley, 1999, Journal of Political Economy, Volume 107, Number 1, Pages 135-160.

Awards & Honors

  • Associate professor of Economics, University of Delaware, 2009-
  • Assistant professor of Economics, University of Delaware, 2005-2009
  • Assistant professor of Economics, George Washington University, 1998-2005
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Empirical Macroeconomics, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, July 2001


  • Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance
  • Political Economy

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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