Larry W. Chavis

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Larry Chavis researches how weak institutions in developing countries pose challenges for new business formation.   He is visiting Duke Law from the University of North Carolina ─ Chapel Hill where he is an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

An expert in development economics, applied microeconomics, and entrepreneurial finance, Chavis has current research projects on community-driven forest preservation in Indonesia, Native American small business creation and physician incentives for participation in clinical trials.  His work has been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, The Oxford Hand Book of Entrepreneurial Finance and the World Bank Economic Review.

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 United States 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.

As a member of the Lumbee Tribe and a North Carolina native, Chavis has a strong academic and personal interest in issues facing North Carolina. 

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