Neil B. Niman

Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Associate Professor of Economics
Paul College 310P
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About Neil B. Niman

Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs. His new book called The Gamification of Higher Education: Using Game Design to Avert the Growing Crisis Facing Universities Today, is slated for publication by Palgrave Macmillan in July of 2014. Along with a team of students, he is currently developing a website at to teach economic principles in a way that links game design with learning. He is currently the Treasurer of the History of Economics Society and for nine years, was a member of the Durham Town Council (four as council chair). He can be frequently spotted on his bicycle (a Seven Axiom) when he is not teaching a variety of courses in the Economics and MBA Programs.

Fields of Specialization

Behavioral Economics; Organizational Economics; History of Economics; Economics Education


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Economics, 1985
B.A., University of California - Santa Cruz, Economics, 1978

Recent Publications

The Gamification of Higher Education: Developing a Game-Based Business Strategy in a Disrupted Marketplace. (2014) New York: Palgravea Macmillan.

"The Allure of Games: Toward an Updated Theory of the Leisure Class", Games and Culture, January 2013.

"Henry George and the Intellectual Foundations of Open Source", American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 2011.

"Henry George and the Development of Thorstein Veblen's Theory of Capital", Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2010.

"Of Altruists and Thieves", with B. Kench, Eastern Economic Journal, 2010.

"Charles Babbage's Influence on the Development of Alfred Marshall's Theory of the Firm", Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2008.

Honors & Awards

University Award for Public Service, 2012