Robert B. Archibald is a Professor of Economics at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Professor Archibald received a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1968 and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. Professor Archibald finished work on his doctoral dissertation as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
After completing the requirements for his Ph.D., Professor Archibald spent two years as Research Economist at the Division of Price and Index Number Research of the Office of Prices of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He came to the College of William and Mary in 1976. At William and Mary he has served as Chair of the Department of Economics for five years, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for one year, and in the 2000-01 academic year he will be the Interim Director of the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy.
Professor Archibald teaches macroeconomics, statistics, a seminar in behavioral economics, and microeconomics for public policy analysis. He has published over 20 papers in academic journals. His published research has covered many topics in economics including macroeconomics, index number construction, the economics of small business, the economics of energy, behavioral economics, rankings of economic journals, and federal R&D policy. He is currently doing research on the economics of financial aid in higher education as well as continuing his work on federal R&D policy.