Daniel L. Mackay

Daniel Mackay


Ph.D., Economics from University of Virginia



M.A., Economics from University of Virginia



B.S., Economics from George Mason University



Fall 2017 - Present

Instructor of Economics

University of Virginia
  • Economics of the Public Sector

Fall 2009 - Spring 2017

Visiting Instructor of Economics

University of Richmond
  • Statistics for Business and Economics I (Fall 2011 –  Spring 2013)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (Fall 2009 – Spring 2017)
  • Introductory Macroeconomics (Fall 2013 –  Fall 2016)
  • Economics of the European Union (Spring 2017)

Spring 2006 - Spring 2009

Visiting Instructor of Economics

College of William and Mary
  • Economic Policy-Making at the State and Local Level (Graduate) (Fall 2007)
  • Economics of Taxation (Spring 2006 and Fall 2008)
  • Economics of the Public Sector (Fall 2007 and Spring 2008)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Spring 2008)
  • Introductory Microeconomics (Spring 2006 and Fall 2008)

Fall 2001 - Summer 2005

Graduate Instructor, Teaching Assistant

University of Virginia
  • Instructor for Introductory Macroeconomics (Summer 2005)
  • Instructor for Intermediate Microeconomics (Fall 2003 and Spring 2004)
  • Instructor for Advanced Academic Writing (Fall 2001, Spring 2001 and Spring 2002)
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Economics of Taxation

Fall 1996 - Fall 1999

Engineering Analyst

  • Review export license applications and draft US Army positions papers on export requests for the Department of Defense and Department of State
  • Collect and analyze technical information on contemporary domestic and foreign matériel

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching is as an interactive process between students and teacher. Broadly, I design my classes to both encourage and manage classroom dialogue. I plan classroom dialogue to guide students into asking question and, eventually, to have students anticipate the answers to their own questions. This interaction is intended to facilitate not only factual learning, but also the ability to think and argue critically.

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Research Interest

My primary research interests are in public economics, industrial economics, and urban economics. My overarching research interest is the confluence of public policy and firm and/or consumer behavior such as market distortions and externality policies. I have three existing research projects.

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Working Papers and Work in Progress


Federalism at Work: Tiebout Sorting in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area


University of Virginia
Department of Econmics
PO Box 400182
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Email: dlm8g@virginia.edu
Office Phone: (434) 924-6751

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