Larry Chavis


Strategic Economics

Larry Chavis researches how weak institutions in developing countries pose challenges for new business formation. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe and a North Carolina native, Professor Chavis has a strong academic and personal interest in issues facing North Carolina. His projects include work on minority entrepreneurship, North Carolina’s changing demographics and rural economic development.

He has studied how organizational design affects the delivery of development aid to rural communities and small-scale entrepreneurs in Indonesia and how social networks affect firm bribe payments in transition economies.

Professor Chavis’ broad interest in social issues affecting firms is reflected in research on the effect of the Iraq war on French wine sales in the U.S. with Phillip Leslie of Stanford University. Their research demonstrates that firms should be concerned about grassroots level boycotts and how they are perceived in the market place. Their findings were reported by many news outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.

He received his PhD in economics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MS in applied economics and management, an MA in Asian studies from Cornell University and a BA in anthropology from Duke University.