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Patrick Testa
  • Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Economics
  • ptesta@tulane.edu
  • 201 Tilton Memorial Hall


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Irvine
  • B.B.A., Economics, Loyola University New Orleans


Patrick Testa is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University. His current research focuses on the political economy of development. He uses a combination of microeconomic theory and empirical methods, utilizing both contemporary and historical data. His recent work seeks to understand the urban and regional effects of forced migration, as well as how institutions and culture interact with economic geography. 

Political economy, development and growth, urban economics.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.