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William C. Horrace

William C. Horrace

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311 Maxwell

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William C. Horrace

Distinguished Professor and Director of Master's Studies, Economics Department

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

Not teaching

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1996


Bill Horrace is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, a research affiliate 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, New York, over the last decade.

Horrace has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Productivity Analysis and the Southern Economic Journal. He is an inaugural member of the Society of Senior Ford Fellows and a principal founder of the International Society for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis. He has received over $5 million in sponsored project grants at Syracuse University. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University in 1996. 

Areas of Expertise

Econometrics, firm-level production and efficiency analysis, peer effects and strategic interactions, crime and policing

Research Interests

Applied and theoretical econometrics, productivity analysis, multivariate inference

Research Grant Awards and Projects

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

Principle Investigator. "Police Officer Learning, Mentoring, and Racial Bias in Traffic Stops," Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. 2017-2019.


Selected Publications

"LASSO for Stochastic Frontier Models with Many Efficient Firms." W.C. Horrace, H. Jung, and Y. Lee. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, forthcoming.

"Nonparametric Tests of Tail Behavior in Stochastic Frontier Models." W.C. Horrace, Y. Wang. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 37 (2022): 537-62.

"Network Competition and Team Chemistry in the NBA." W.C. Horrace, H. Jung, and S. Sanders. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 40 (2022): 35-49.

"Stationary Points For Stochastic Frontier Models." W.C. Horrace and  I.A. Wright. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 38(2020): 516-526.

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

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

"Strategic substitutes or complements? The Game of Where to Fish." R.L. Hicks, W.C. Horrace, and K.E Schnier, Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 168 (2012), pp.70-80. 

"Alternative Technical Efficiency Measures: Skew, Bias and Scale." Q. Feng and W.C. Horrace, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 27 (2012), pp. 253-268.

"Identifying Technically Efficient Fishing Vessels: A Non-empty, Minimal Subset Approach." A. Flores-Lagunes, W.C. Horrace, and K.E. Schnier, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 22 (2007), pp. 729-745. 

"On Ranking and Selection from Independent Truncated Normal Distributions." W.C. Horrace, Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 126 (2005), pp. 335-354. 

"Multiple Comparisons with the Best, with Economic Applications." W.C. Horrace and P. Schmidt, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 15 (2000), pp. 1-26. 

Journal Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 2016-2022
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2009-2022
  • Associate Editor, Southern Economic Journal, 2001-2006