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  • Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics


PhD, Princeton University
BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University


John V. Duca joined Oberlin in the spring of 2018 to teach advanced macroeconomics, money and banking, and intermediate macroeconomics. From 1991 to 2017, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he last served as the associate director of research and vice president, supervising research in macroeconomics and finance; and from1986 to 1991, he was at the Federal Reserve Board where he briefed former chair Paul Volcker, former chair Alan Greenspan, and the Federal Reserve Board.  

Duca has taught part time at Southern Methodist University and the University of Maryland. He has published more than 40 articles on macroeconomics, money, housing, credit, wages, and political economy in refereed journals such as the American Economic ReviewInternational Economic ReviewEconomic Journal, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Banking and Finance.  

He graduated summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale with a BA, and received a PhD from Princeton.

Duca looks forward to actively engaging with students in the classroom, economics majors committees and clubs, and other campus activities to help prepare them for their careers and enrich their lives.  

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and fishing, and is a fan of history and cinema.


  • John Duca Participates in Conference

    February 5, 2019

    Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John Duca attended the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Conference in Florida. John participated in the workshop session/roundtable discussion, "What Should Policymakers Be Doing to Help Entrepreneurs?"

  • John Duca presents at Harvard Business School

    October 12, 2018

    Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John Duca presented a paper "The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business" at Harvard Business School.

  • John Duca Presents at Conference

    September 24, 2018

    Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John V. Duca presented papers at the 35th annual International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) conference in Copenhagen, August 20-25, 2018. Duca presented two papers, “Equity Regulation and U.S. Venture Capital Investment” and “How Financial Innovations and Accelerators Drive Booms and Busts in U.S. Consumption.”

  • John Duca Presents

    April 16, 2018

    Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John Duca presented "The Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on Small Business," with Michael Bordo (Rutgers University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Hoover Institution) on March 12 at a Stanford University faculty lunch seminar. Duca also presented the microfinance workshop "Financial Innovations, Shadow Banking, Risk Premia, and Divisia Velocity," with Richard Anderson (Lindenwood University and University of Missouri, Kansas City) and Barry Jones (Binghampton University) at the Oxford University Said Business School.

  • John Duca Publishes

    April 16, 2018

    Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics John Duca published ”What Drives Economic Policy Uncertainty in the Long and Short Runs: European and U.S. Evidence Over Several Decades," with Jason Saving (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas) in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Macroeconomics