Professor of Economics

J. Weldon and Delores Cole Faculty Fellow

Economics, Finance, & Legal Studies

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Research Interests


Ph.D,, Economics, University of California Riverside, 2003


Daniel Henderson is a professor of economics and the J. Weldon and Delores Cole Faculty Fellow at the University of Alabama as well as a research fellow at IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) in Bonn, Germany. He was formerly an associate and assistant professor of economics at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has held visiting appointments at the Université catholique de Louvain (Institute of Statistics) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders) in Brussels, Belgium; Nankai University (School of Mathematical Sciences) in Tianjin, China; Xiamen University (Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics) in Xiamen, China; the University of Colorado (Department of Economics) in Boulder, Colorado and Southern Methodist University (Department of Economics) in Dallas, Texas. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Riverside in 2003 and his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Davis in 1998.

His research focus is in applied nonparametric microeconometrics with an emphasis in the economics of education, and economic growth and development. He has also written papers examining the determinants of child health, environmental economics, and international trade. His work has been published in journals such as Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Economic Journal, Economics of Education Review, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

In addition to many subfields of economics, his work has been cited in the fields of accounting, archeology, engineering, environment, geography, geology, management, neuroscience, operations research, physical and life sciences, production and manufacturing, psychology, regional science, remote sensing and statistics.

​His research has been featured in local, national and international newspapers, magazines and blogs, including: (1) Newspapers — Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education and Sunday Telegraph (2) Magazines — Atlantic Monthly, Business Week Online and U.S. News and World Report (3) Blogs — Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Education and New York Times.

Selected Publications

“Nonparametric Multi-Dimensional Fixed Effects Panel Data Models,” (With Juan Rodriguez-Poo and Alexandra Soberon.) Econometric Reviews. 2022.

“Nonparametric Estimation of Unrestricted Distributions and their Jumps,” (With Carlos Martins-Filho and Kairat Mynbaev.) Canadian Journal of Statistics. 2022.

“On Discrete Epanechnikov Kernel Functions.” (With Chi-Yang Chu and Christopher Parmeter.) Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. 2017.

Applied Nonparametric Econometrics. (With Christopher Parmeter.) Cambridge University Press. 2015.

“Gradient Based Smoothing Parameter Selection for Nonparametric Regression Estimation.” (With Qi Li, Christopher Parmeter and Shuang Yao.) Journal of Econometrics. 2015.

“Smooth Coefficient Estimation of a Seemingly Unrelated Regression.” (With Subal Kumbhakar, Qi Li and Christopher Parmeter.) Journal of Econometrics. 2015.

“Additive Nonparametric Regression in the Presence of Endogenous Regression.” (With Deniz Ozabaci and Liangjun Su.) Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. 2014.

“When, Where and How to Perform Efficiency Estimation.” (With Oleg Badunenko and Subal Kumbhakar.) Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. 2012.

“Growth Empirics without Parameters.” (With Chris Papageorgiou and Christopher Parmeter.) Economic Journal. 2012.

“Empirical Implementation of Nonparametric First-Price Auction Models.” (With John List, Daniel Millimet, Christopher Parmeter and Michael Price.) Journal of Econometrics. 2012.

“Nonparametric Estimation and Testing of Fixed Effects Panel Data Models.” (With Raymond Carroll and Qi Li.) Journal of Econometrics. 2008.

“Is Gravity Linear?” (With Daniel Millimet.) Journal of Applied Econometrics. 2008.

“Pollution Abatement Costs and Foreign Direct Investment Inflows to U.S. States: A Nonparametric Reassessment.” (With Daniel Millimet.) Review of Economics and Statistics. 2007.

“Human Capital and Convergence: A Production-Frontier Approach.” (With Robert Russell.) International Economic Review. 2005.