Robert Archibald 

Morton 125 
Phone: (757) 221-2366 
Fax: (757) 221-2390 

Robert B. Archibald received his B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1968 and his PhD from Purdue University in 1974. After two years at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, he came to William and Mary in 1976. He teaches macroeconomics, statistics, and a seminar in behavioral economics. Professor Archibald's research lie in the area of macroeconomics, particularly focusing on the effects of research and development on economic growth and on the effects of irrational behavior on the microeconomic foundations of macroeconomics. Professor Archibald spent a very interesting year during the 1996-97 academic year as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Current Research: 
  • "On the Effects of Public and Private R&D," co-authored with Alfredo Pereira, submitted for publication. 
  • "Evaluating the NASA SBIR Program: Preliminary Evidence of a Tradeoff Between Commercialization and Basic Research," co-authored with David Finifter. 
  • "Who is Attracted by the SBIR Program? Evidence from NASA-Langley Research Center SBIR Program," co-authored with David Finifter. 
  • "Other Funding Attracted by SBIR Firms: Evidence from NASA-Langley Research Center SBIR Program," co-authored with David Finifter.
Selected Publications: 
  • "How Many Paychecks? An Example of a Self-Imposed Constraint" Economic Inquiry, Vol XXXII October 1994, pages 696-702.
  • "Intertemporal Trades and Problems of Self-Control" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 25 1994 pages 73 -91.
  • "Using a Multivariate Citations Function to Correct Biases in the Rankings of Economic Journals," Eastern Economics Journal Vol. XVI April-June 1990 pages 151-158 (co-authored with David Finifter).
  • "Subjective Framing and Attitudes Toward Risk," Journal of Economic Psychology Vol. 10 (1989), pages 321-327 (co-authored with Catherine Elliott).
  • "Trial-and-Error Learning and Economic Models," Kyklos, Vol. 42, 1989 pages 39-59 (co-authored with Catherine Elliott).