April 21, 2005
Charles Clotfelter, Duke University

How Private Foundations Influence Universities
In their grant-making to universities, do foundations act as patrons or bullies?

Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University. Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, he is the author of Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (1996), Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America (1999) and After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (2004). His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, public finance, and tax policy.