Dora Gicheva

Associate Professor


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Phone: 336.334.5372


Dr. Dora Gicheva is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research is in applied microeconomics with a focus on education, labor, and personnel economics. Her interests include topics related to access to, success in, and financing of postsecondary education, especially for disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented students; employment trends in the public sector, with a particular focus on public school teachers; as well as mentoring, intrinsic motivation, and labor supply. Her research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Labor Economics, Economics of Education Review, ILR Review, Education Finance and Policy, and Educational Researcher. She has worked on multiple externally funded research projects aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. She was the Principal Investigator for a three-year grant from the University of North Carolina System Office to evaluate a new program aimed to identify students with financial and academic planning risk and to intervene to promote timely graduation. She serves as co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and recently served as research affiliate for the University of North Carolina System Student Success Innovation Lab, which was created to support innovative practices by institutions in the System and to rigorously evaluate these projects.


Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University, 2010

M.Phil., Economics, Yale University, 2007

M.A., Economics, Yale University, 2006

B.A., Colgate University, 2004

Recent Research & Publications

“The Effects of Access to Medicaid on the Employment and Academic Progress of College Students” (with Priyanka Anand), Forthcoming in American Journal of Health Economics.

“Macroeconomic Implications of Student Debt: A State-Level Analysis” (with Berrak Bahadir) Journal of Money, Credit and Banking 54(8), December 2022, pp. 2273-2300.

“Using Mixed Methods to Explore Variations in Impact within RCTs: the Case of Project COMPASS” (with Julie Edmunds, Beth Thrift and Marie Hull) Journal of Mixed Methods Research 16(4), October 2022, pp. 478-499.

“The Impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on the Sources of Health Insurance Coverage of Undergraduate Students in the United States” (with Priyanka Anand) Medical Care Research and Review 79(2), April 2022, pp. 299-307.

“Altruism and Burnout: Long Hours in the Teaching Profession” ILR Review 75(2), March 2022, pp. 427-457.

“Teachers’ Working Hours During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Educational Researcher 51(1), January/February 2022, pp. 85-87.

“Public Sector Entrepreneurship, Politics, and Innovation” (with Al Link) Small Business Economics 59, 2022, pp. 565-572.

“Innovative Activity and Gender Dynamics” (with Steven Bednar and Al Link), Small Business Economics 56, 2021, pp. 1591–1599.

“High tech, high touch: The impact of an online course intervention on academic performance and persistence in higher education” (with Julie Edmunds, Beth Thrift and Marie Hull) The Internet and Higher Education 49, April 2021, 100790.

“Occupational Social Value and Returns to Long Hours” Economica 87(347), July 2020, pp. 682-712.