David N. DeJong

  • Executive Vice Provost

Key Areas

Academic planning • resource allocation • strategic goals • student-athlete academic issues • resource management • planning and budgeting • space issues • capital planning

Executive Vice Provost Role

As Executive Vice Provost, David DeJong is responsible for the coordination of academic planning within the University and its integration with resource allocation. Resource allocation entails management of budgets, space, and capital planning within the Provost’s Area, including academic and student life activities. 

The Executive Vice Provost's overall responsibility is to ensure that the University’s strategic goals are advanced through the efficient use of its varied resources. The position also entails oversight of academic issues involving student athletes, service as the University Customer Information Security Officer, and ensuring smooth operation of the Office of the Provost.

Professional Biography

David N. DeJong joined the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics in 1989; he was promoted to Professor in 2001 and served as Department Chair from 2006 to 2010. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, DiTella University in Buenos Aires, and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Kiel, Germany.

As a Professor, DeJong’s service beyond scholarly and instructional activities included service as a member of or representative to the University Planning and Budgeting Committee’s Parameters Subcommittee, the Advisory Committee for the Admission of Student Athletes, the NCAA Athletics Certification Subcommittee on Academic Integrity, the Faculty Admissions Support Team, and the Budget Committee of the Board of Trustees.

He has published widely in top general-interest and leading field journals. In addition to publishing more than 40 refereed journal articles, he is the coauthor of the textbook Structural Macroeconomics (Princeton University Press, 2007). He also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics from 2000 to 2006.

DeJong’s research focuses on macroeconomics, econometrics, and transition economics. He specifically focuses on the formal statistical implementation of theoretical models for the purpose of forecasting aggregate economic activity. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. He has published widely in top general-interest and leading field journals. In addition to publishing more than 40 refereed journal articles, he is the coauthor of the textbook Structural Macroeconomics (Princeton University Press, 2007). He also served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics from 2000 to 2006.

Education & Training

  • PhD in Economics, University of Iowa, 1989
  • BA, Summa Cum Laude, Honors in Economics, Central College (Pella, Iowa)

Representative Publications

  • Structural Macroeconometrics, Princeton University Press, 2007 (with C. Dave) Second Edition, 2011         
  • “Efficient Likelihood Evaluation of State-Space Representations” Review of Economic Studies, vol. 80, no. 2 (April 2013): 538:567 (with R. Liesenfeld, G. Moura, and J.-F. Richard; and H. Dharmarajan).         
  • “Do Self-Control Preferences Help Explain the Puzzling Behavior of Asset Prices?”, Journal of Monetary Economics, vol. 54, no. 2 (May 2007): 1035-1050 (with M. Ripoll).             
  • “Policy Reform and Growth in Post-Soviet Russia”, European Economic Review, vol. 47, no. 2 (2003): 337-352 (with D. Berkowitz).       
  • “Population Growth in U.S. Counties, 1840-1990”, Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol. 31, no. 6 (November 2001): 669-699 (with P. Beeson and W. Troesken).   
  • "A Bayesian Approach to Calibration," Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, vol. 14, no. 1 (January 1996): 1-9 (with B.F. Ingram and C.H. Whiteman).             
  • "The Temporal Stability of Dividends and Stock Prices: Evidence from the Likelihood Function," American Economic Review, vol. 81, no. 3 (June 1991): 600-617 (with C.H. Whiteman).

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Time series econometrics


  • Schenker Award for Outstanding Teaching of Principles of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
  • Dissertation Support Award, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1989
  • Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2988-1989
  • Paul R. Olson Award for Excellence in Scholarship, University of Iowa, 1988
  • Teaching-Research Fellowship, University of Iowa, 1985-1989
  • Ponder Fellowship, University of Iowa, 1985-1986, 1986-1987