David Clingingsmith

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Weatherhead School of Management

David Clingingsmith is an empirical economist whose research focuses on the social aspects of economic behavior. His work uses field and lab experiments as well as observational data. Recently, he is exploring how social status affects behaviors such as consumption and performance judgements in a series of lab experiments. He is also currently studying the interaction between entrepreneurs and investors in a field experiment on pitching business ideas. He has conducted research in the economics of language and religion.

His research publications and writing have appeared in outlets such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Economic Journal, and The Journal of Human Resources. Clingingsmith is a reviewer for numerous scholarly journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics and American Economic Journal - Applied Economics.

Clingingsmith received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University and also holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Since his appointment to the Weatherhead School of Management, he has taught Advanced Topics and Writing in Economics; Designing Experiments for Social Science, Policy, and Management; World Economic History; Intermediate Microeconomics; and The Economy in the American Century. In 2009, he received the Explorations Prize from the Economic History Association.

Initially Appointed: 2007

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

Data Visualization in R
The Origins of the Modern Economy
Advanced Topics and Writing in Economics
Individual Readings and Research

Office Hours

By Appointment Only

Awards and Honors

Academy of Management Prize, Best Paper in Organizational Neuroscience
Academy of Management
Lewis-Progressive Fellowship
Weatherhead School of Management
Explorations Prize
Economic History Association

External Appointments

  • Economic Science Association. 2013 - Present
  • Chairperson, FSCUE Subcommittee on COVID-19 Preparation for Fall 2020, Small Lectures, 2020
  • Reviewer, Journal Article, American Economic Journal, Applied Economics, 2014 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article, Journal of Political Economy, 2012 - Present
  • Board Member, Academic Integrity Board, 2010 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2010 - Present
  • Reviewer, Journal Article, Oxford Economic Papers, 2008 - Present


  • Clingingsmith, D. (2020).
    We Must Not Waste Our Sacrifice In Bending The Curve   Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19 (Medium blog)
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Helper, S. , Shane, S. A. (2020).
    Principles for Economic Policy in the COVID-19 Recession   Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2020).
    Retail Workers are Frontline Too   Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2020).
    The Critical Shortage of Protective Equipment   Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19: Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Helper, S. , Shane, S. A. (2020).
    Washington Must Add Medical Capacity    Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2020).
    We Are Flying Blind With COVID-19; States Can Help Change That   Economic Policy Ideas for COVID-19 (Medium blog)
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2019).
    Mental Accounts and the Marginal Propensity to Give (vol. 5, pp. 170-181)  Journal of Economic Science Association
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Sheremeta, R. (2018).
    Status and the Demand for Visible Goods: Experimental Evidence on Conspicuous Consumption  (vol. 21, pp. 877-904)  Experimental Economics
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2016).
    Negative emotions, income, and welfare: Causal estimates from the PSID    Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2015).
    Are the World’s Languages Consolidating? The Dynamics and Distribution of Language Populations   St. Andrew's: The Economic Journal
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2015).
    Can income redistribution help fight depression?  Corporate Knights
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2014).
    Industrialization and Language in India   Journal of Human Resources
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Khwaja, A. I., Kremer, M. (2009).
    Estimating the Impact of the Hajj: Religion and Tolerance in Islam's Global Gathering  (vol. 124, issue 3, )  Cambridge, MA: Quarterly Journal of Economics
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Williamson, J. (2008).
    Deindustrialization in 18th and 19th century India: Mughal decline, climate shocks, and British industrial ascent (vol. 45, pp. 209-234)  Amsterdam: Explorations in Economic History
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Khwaja, A. , Kremer, M. (2008).
    The Impact of the Hajj (Policy Brief)  Dubai School of Government Working Paper Series
  • Clingingsmith, D. (2008).
    Mecca and Moderation   International Herald Tribune
  • Kremer, M. R., Clingingsmith, D. (2007).
    Delivering Health Care   
  • Clingingsmith, D. , Kremer, M. , Bloom, E. , Loevinsohn, B. , Bhushan, I. , King, E. , Hong, R. (2006).
    Contracting for Health: Evidence from Cambodia   


  • Clingingsmith, D.  ESA North America Meeting, "Status and the Demand for Visible Goods: Experimental Evidence on Conspicuous Consumption", Economic Science Association, Dallas. (2015).


Harvard University
Master of Arts
University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts
University of Toronto