William C. Horrace

Distinguished Professor, Economics


Bill Horrace is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, and a W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar at the National Institutes of Justice. His research interests include econometrics, production and efficiency analysis, peer-effects and strategic interactions, and crime and policing. He is an expert in the study of police racial profiling, having completed several studies of the issue in the City of Syracuse, NY over the last decade. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Consumer and Communities Affairs Division of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors where he helps assessors measure the extent to which US banks provide services to low and middle income communities. Professor Horrace has published articles in leading economics and econometrics journals, most recently in Journal of Econometrics and Review of Economics and Statistics. He has received over $4 million in sponsored project grants at Syracuse University. His most recent grant, funded by the National Institutes of Justice, furthers our understanding of how police experience and exposure to citizens of color affect their proclivity for racial bias. Bill received his Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University in 1996.

Select Publications

A Laplace Stochastic Frontier Model." WC Horrace, Parmeter CF, Econometric Reviews (Forthcoming).

How Dark is Dark? Bright Lights, Big City, Racial Profiling." WC Horrace, Rohlin SM., Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 98 (2016), pp. 226-232.

Endogenous Network Production Functions with Selectivity." WC Horrace, Liu X, Patacchini E., Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 190 (2016), pp. 222-232.

Moments of the Truncated Normal Distribution." WC Horrace, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Vol. 43 (2015), pp. 133-138.

Expected Efficiency Ranks from Parametric Stochastic Frontier Models." WC Horrace, Richards-Shubik S, Wright IA,  Empirical Economics, Vol. 48 (2015), pp. 829-848.

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Research Grants and Awards

“W.E.B. DuBois Scholar," National Institutes of Justice. January 2017-December 2018.

"Police Officer Learning, Mentoring, and Racial Bias in Traffic Stops,” Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. January 2017-December 2018.