Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS)

Introduction

Founded in 2011, the objective of CIERS is to provide a space for doctoral students and faculty across campus to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. The seminar regularly draws participants from the School of Education, the Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science. The intention is that discourse between students and faculty from different schools and departments will create a coherent and vital community of education scholars at the University. CIERS is organized by EPI-affiliated doctoral students, and EPI co-directors, professors Dynarski and Jacob, serve as the faculty leaders of the seminar.

We would like to thank the Rackham Graduate School for their generous support for CIERS.

Student Coordinators and Scheduling Information

Student Coordinators:

Fernando Furquim
Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education
School of Education
ffurquim@umich.edu

Daniel Hubbard
Doctoral Candidate, Economics
Department of Economics
danieldh@umich.edu

If you would like to present at a CIERS session, please contact Fernando Furquim (ffurquim@umich.edu) or Daniel Hubbard (danieldh@umich.edu).

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Seminar Schedule

Seminars - Spring/Summer 2017

May 9
Culminating Event and Summer Kickoff, 11:00 - 1:00
Please join us for an ​informal research conversation over lunch. ​Discuss research ideas​,​ g​ather feedback​ and get to know people who share your academic interests.​ Followed by a panel discussion about the grant application process: what can we use them for, what kind of projects can benefit from them, who are the most generous benefactors, and how can we put together strong applications?

May 17
Presenter: ​Daniel Hubbard​, PhD Candidate in Economics​
More Gains Than Score Gains? High School Accountability and College Achievement

May 24
Open​

May 31
No seminar (Memorial Day)

June 7
Presenter: ​Lesley Turner​, ​Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Maryland
How do Colleges Respond to Federal Government Ratings

June 14
Presenter: ​Julian Hsu​, PhD Candidate in Economics​
Program Evaluation Using Machine Learning and Regression Discontinuity

June 21
Open​

June 28
Presenter: ​Stephanie Owen​, PhD Pre-Candidate in Public Policy and Economics​
TBD

July 5
Presenter: ​Andrew Simon​, PhD Pre-Candidate in Economics​
The Impact of Allopathic Medical School Openings on Student Quality

July 12
Presenter:​ Stacey Brockman​, PhD Pre-Candidate in Education​
TBD

July 19
Presenter: ​Max Gross​, PhD Candidate in Economics​
TBD

July 26
Reserved
TBD

August 2
Presenter: ​Josh​ua​ Hyman​, ​Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Connecticut
TBD

August 9
Presenter: ​Caroline Theoharides​, ​Assistant Professor of Economics, Amherst College
TBD

August 16
Presenter: ​Daniela Morar​, PhD Candidate in Economics​
Teaching Assistant Characteristics and Student STEM Outcomes

August 23
Open
TBD

August 30
Presenter: ​Xiaoyang Ye​, PhD Candidate in Education​
Making Information Work for Low-Income Students in College Choice: Experimental Evidence Under Centralized Admissions

Past Seminars - Winter 2017

January 11
Presenter:​ Luke Miller, Research Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Teacher Tenure, Performance Screens, and Teacher Improvement: Tenure Reform in New York City

January 25
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Assistant Professor in Education and Economics, University of Florida
An Experimental Analysis of Cream Skimming in Public Schools of Choice

February 1
Presenter: Brian Jacob, Professor in Public Policy, Economics, and Education
The Impact of Charter Schools on Student Achievement: New Evidence from Michigan

February 8
Presenter: Meredith Billings, PhD Candidate in Education
The Echo of a Promise: The Impact of State-Designated Michigan Promise Zones

February 15
Presenter: Daniela Morar, PhD Candidate in Economics
Student Outcomes and TA Characteristics

February 22
Presenter: Anna Shapiro, PhD Candidate in Education
Estimating the Impact of Head Start for Children with Special Needs – A Sensitivity Analysis

March 8
Presenter: Silvia Robles, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy
Using Waitlist Discontinuities to Explore the Effect of Course Scarcity on Educational Attainment at a California Community College

March 15
Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD Candidate in Education
Making Information Work for Low-Income Students in College Choice: Experimental Evidence under Centralized Admissions

March 22
Presenter: Benjamin Castleman, Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Nudging at a National Scale: Experimental Evidence from a FAFSA Completion Campaign

March 29
Presenter: Lesley Turner, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Maryland
ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation and Earnings

April 5
Presenter: Michal Kurlaender, Professor in Education, University of California, Davis
My Professor Cares: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Faculty Engagement

April 12
Presenter: Alan Griffith, PhD Candidate in Economics
How Many Friends Do You Have? An Empirical Investigation into Censoring-Induced Bias in Social Network Data

April 19
Presenter: Kevin Stange, Assistant Professor in Public Policy
Disparities in School Resources Across Districts and Time

April 26
Presenter: Meghan Oster, PhD Candidate in Education
Performance-based Funding

Past Seminars - Fall 2016

September 14
Presenter:​ Julian Hsu, PhD Candidate in Economics
What is it Good For? How College Course Experiences Influence Major Choice

September 28
Presenter: ​Carrie Xu, PhD Candidate in Economics and Information
With a Little Help from Your Friends: Evidence of Peer Effects from a Field Experiment

October 5
P​resenter: ​Sarah Cannon, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Poli​cy​
Advanced Math Course-taking in Michigan

October 12
​Presenter: ​Adam Stevenson, Lecturer in Economics
The Effect of the Michigan Merit Reforms on College Enrollment and Coursetaking

October 19
​Presenter:​ Lesley Turner, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Maryland
Behavioral Biases and the Design of Student Loan Repayment Schemes

October 26
Presenter: Valentina Duque, Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies Center
Integrating Early-Life Shocks and Human Capital Investments

November 2
​Presenter: ​Alfredo Sosa, PhD Candidate in Education and Economics
Impact of High School Mathematics Credits on Income: Evidence to Shocks to Teachers' Labor Supply

November 9
​Presenter: ​Presenter: Laura Schick, MA Candidate in Education
​Using Causal Research to Inform Public School District Goal-setting and Strategic Planning

November 16
​Presenter: ​Daniel Hubbard, PhD Candidate in Economics
The Causes and Consequences of Teacher Labor Supply: New Evidence from Michigan

November 30
Presenter: Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor in Economics and Research Associate Professor in the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Promises Kept? Free Community College and Attainment in Tennessee

December 7
Presenter: Andrew Ho, Professor in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Linking U.S. School District Test Score Distributions to a Common Scale

Past Seminars - Summer 2016

May 12 Culminating Event, 11:30 - 2:00
Join an informal discussion with fellow CIERS attendees, propose new education research ideas for feedback and/or potential collaboration, and ask advice and pick the brains of several editors of education research journals

May 17
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Connecticut
No Child Left Relaxed? The Effect of Test-Based Accountability on Childhood Anxiety and Mental Health

June 15
Presenter: Katherine Michelmore, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy
The Impact of Information: Evaluating a Financial Aid Promise on College Applications

June 22
Presenter: Molly Hawkins, PhD Candidate in Economics
Gender Gaps in STEM College Major Choices

June 29
Presenter: Silvia Robles, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy
TBA

July 13
Presenter: Carrie Xu, PhD Candidate in Economics and Information
Peer Effects in Education: A Field Experiment

July 27
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
State and Local Resources Responses to Federal Education Grants

August 3
Presenter: Sarah Cannon, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy
Advanced Math Course-taking in Michigan

August 10
Presenter: Meredith Billings, PhD Candidate in Education
Cultivating a College-Going Culture: Evidence from the Kalamazoo Promise

August 17
Presenter: Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor of Nursing and Public Health
Maternal Education and Birth Outcomes

August 24
Presenter: Alan Griffith, PhD Candidate in Economics
Random Assignment with Non-Random Peers: A Structural Approach to Counterfactual Treatment Assessment

August 31
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
Deunionization and Resources in Education

Past Seminars - Winter 2016

January 13
Presenter: ​Kolby Gadd, School of Education
The Causes and Consequences of Teacher Labor Supply: New Evidence from Michigan

January 20
Topic: Speed Chat: Inter-Group Discussion

January 27
Presenter: Julian Hsu, PhD Candidate in Economics
Regression Discontinuity in College Math Recommendations

February 3
Presenter: Sarah Cannon, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Policy
Advanced Course Options in Michigan Public High Schools

February 10
Presenter: Valetina Duque, Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies
Integrating Early Life Shocks and Human Capital Investments

February 17
Presenter: CJ Libassi, Research Area Specialist in Public Policy
Figuring Out Fadeout: Exploring the Persistence of Treatment Effects in Early Childhood Education Programs

February 24
​Presenter: ​Daniel Hubbard, PhD Candidate in Economics
The Impact of Local Labor Market Shocks on Education Outcomes: Evidence from Plant Closings in Michigan

March 2
Presenter: Yang Song, Assistant Professor in Economics at Colgate University
Gender Differences in School Choice

March 9
Presenter: Jennifer Jennings, NYU Sociology
Leveling the Playing Field for School Choice in NYC

March 16
Presenters: Paul Courant, Professor of Public Policy ​and
Jeffrey Smith, Professor of Economics​ and Public Policy​
Medical School Salaries at Michigan

March 23
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
The Fiscal Implications of Deunionization: Evidence from the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill

March 30
​Presenter: ​Meredith Billings, PhD Candidate in the School of Education
TBA

April 6
Presenter: Pieter De Vlieger, Economics
The Individual Prescription Behavior of Physicians

April 6
Presenter: Anna Shapiro, Education
Preschool and Special Needs Placement: Learning more from the Head Start Impact Study

April 13
Presenter: Phil Oreopoulos, Toronto Economics
Texting Students to Help Achieve Their Goals

April 20
Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD Pre-candidate in Education
Fiscal Competition and Coordination: Evidence from China

April 27
Presenter: Silvia Robles, PhD Candidate in Economics at Harvard University
Teacher Value Added in For-Profit Higher Education

Presenter: Kevin Stange, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Variation in Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Ed

Past Seminars - Fall 2015

September 9
Presenter: Michael Naretta, PhD Candidate in Economics at Michigan State University
Restructured or Fractured: The Impact of a One-Time Increase in Principal Autonomy on Staffing Decisions and Student Outcomes

September 16
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Assistant Research Scientist of Public Policy
Do Public Subsidies Promote College Access and Completion?

September 23
Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD Candidate in the School of Education
Do Disadvantaged Students Make Undermatched College Choices?

September 30
Presenter: Nicole Fortin, Professor of Economics at University of British Columbia
Computer Gaming and Test Scores: Cross-Country Gender Differences among Teenagers

October 7
Presenter: Gaurav Khanna, PhD Candidate in Economics
Long Term Welfare Consequences of Government Spending on Education

October 14
Presenter: Scott Imberman, Professor of Economics at Michigan State University
The Returns to College Majors: Evidence from Texas

October 21
Presenter: Silvia Robles, Harvard
Influencing College Application, Admission, and Matriculation Behavior Through Summer Outreach Programs

October 28
Presenter: Shanyce Campbell
Better is not always fair: An examination of systematic bias in North Carolina's teacher evaluation system

November 4
Presenter: Carrie Xu, PhD Candidate in Economics and the School of Information
Peer Effects in a Field Experiment

Presenter: Meredith Billings, PhD Candidate in Education
Commitment from the Community: Michigan Promise Zones & Educational Outcomes

November 11
Presenter: Eric Chyn, PhD Candidate in Economics
Moved to Opportunity

November 18
Presenter: Daniela Morar, PhD Candidate in Economics
Gender of the instructor and persistence in STEM

December 2
Presenter: Steven Hemelt, Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Multifaceted Aid for Low-Income Students and College Outcomes:
Evidence from North Carolina

December 9
Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, PhD Candidate in Economics and the School of Education
Mathematics course taking and earnings: Evidence from shocks to teacher labor supply.

December 16
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
State Responses to Federal Education Grants: Evidence From the Recovery Act.

Past Seminars - Summer 2015

May 20
Presenter: Jared Tritz, PhD Student in the School of Information
Preference Sets Applied to Peer Grading

May 27
Presenter: Caroline Theoharides, Assistant Professor of Economics, Amhert College
The Labor Market Effects of the Nationwide Switch from K-10 to K-12 Education in the Philippines: Evidence from an Audit Study, with Josh Hyman (UConn) and Emily Beam (NUS)

June 3
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Connecticut
Developing and Evaluating a College Application and Planning Course in Michigan

June 17
Presenter: Katherine Michelmore, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
Timing is Money: Does Lump-Sum Payment of Tax Credits Induce High-Cost Borrowing?

June 24
Presenter: Bill Gehring, Professor of Psychology
What Data from U of M Students can tell us about Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Contributions to Academic Success

July 1
Presenter: Monica Bhatt, PhD Candidate in Educational Policy
Evaluating the Impact of Statewide Supports to Reduce Within-School Inequality: A Study of Focus Schools in Michigan.

July 22
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
Education Grants and State Fiscal Priorities

July 29
Presenter: Daniel Hubbard, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
Local Labor Market Shocks and College Choice: Evidence from Plant Closings in Michigan

August 5
Presenter: Carrie Wenjing Xu, PhD Candidate in Economics and the School of Information
Peer Effects in Randomized Study Groups

August 12
Presenter: Kevin Stange, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Impact of Tuition Deregulation in Texas

August 19
Presenter: Monica Hernandez, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
The Educational Impact of Civil Conflict: The Schooling Effect of Paramilitary Violence in Colombia

August 26
Presenter: Sarah Cannon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
Effects of Community Income on the Market for Rural Teachers

Past Seminars - Winter 2015

January 7
Presenter: Wei Ha, Research Professor of Education, Peking University
Effects of Rural Education Finance Reform on Education Expenditure in Chi​n​a

January 21
Presenter: Jeff Morenoff, Professor of Sociology, and Catalina Franco, PhD candidate in Economics
Estimating the Effect of Incarceration on Recidivism and Employment: An RD Approach

January 28
Presenter: Damon Clark, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California - Irvine
The Return to Schooling Among High School Dropouts: Evidence form Britain's Compulsory School Changes

February 4
Presenter: Monica Hernandez, PhD candidate in Economics
The Effect of Local Violence on Students' Academic Achievement: Evidence from Col​ombia

February 11
Presenter: Peter Bergman, Assistant Professor in Economics of Education, Columbia University
Technology Adoption in Education: Spillovers, Intensity and Student Achievement

February 18
Presenter: Guarav Khanna, PhD candidate in Economics
Does Money Matter? Spending to Educate

February 25
Presenter: Kevin Stange, Assistant Professor of Public Policy
University Autonomy and College Pricing: The Case of Tuition Deregulation in Texas

March 11
Presenter: Brian Jacob, Professor Public Policy and Education
Virtual Schooling: New Evidence from Florida

March 18
Presenter: Adam Sales, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon
Causal Mechanisms and Student Usage Data from a Randomized Experiment of Cognitive Tutor Algebra I: Preliminary Result

March 25
Presenter: Scott Imberman, Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
The Effects of Targeted Recruitment and Comprehensive Supports of Low-Income High Achievers at Elite Universities: Evidence from Texas Flagships

April 1
Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD student in Higher Education
Do Middle Schools Harm Student Achievements in the Long Run? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Michigan

April 22
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Assistant Research Scientist of Public Policy
A Presentation on School Choice

Past Seminars - Fall 2014

September 3
Presenter: Ben Hansen, Associate Professor of Statistics
Automated Machine and Omitted Variable Sensitivity for Quasi-experiments in K-12 Education

September 10
Presenter: Connor Cole, PhD student in Economics
Class Size, State Policy and Academic Achievement: New Evidence from California 2007-2012

September 17
Presenter: Steven Lonn, Research Specialist, USE Lab
UM's USE Lab: How We Use Learning Analytics Data for Design-Based Research Investigations

September 24
Presenter: Jon Hershaff, PhD candidate in Economics
A study examining student loan default

October 1
Presenter: Thomas Barrios, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
Course Availability and College Enrollment: Evidence from Administrative Data and Enrollment Discontinuities

October 8
Presenter: Daniel Hubbard, Ph.D. student in Economics
Examining the Impact of Income Shocks on College Choice: Evidence from Plant Closings in Michigan

October 10
Presenter: Mimi Engel, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University
The Effects of Kindergarten Mathematics Content: Replication, Extension, and Implications for the Common Core

October 15
Presenter: Scott Imberman, Associate Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
The Effect of College Major Choice on Student Performance and Earnings

October 22
Presenter: Peter Hinrichs, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
What Kind of Teachers Are Schools Looking For? Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

October 29
Presenter: Katherine Michelmore, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
The Effect of State Earned Income Tax Credit Expansions on Children's Education Outcomes

November 5
Presenter: Soobin Kim, PhD student in Economics, Michigan State University
Cyclicality in Higher Education

November 12
Presenter Julian Hsu, PhD student in Economics
College Course Choices: A Structural Model of College Major Progression

November 19
Presenter: Lance Lochner, Professor of Economics, University of Western Ontario
A Study on Student Loans & Repayment

December 3
Presenter: David Jaeger, Professor of Economics, CUNY
Does Classroom Time Matter? A Randomized Field Experiment in Principles of Microeconomics

December 10
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy
Migration and Investment in Human Capital

Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2014

May 7
Presenter: Josh Hyman, Ford School of Public Policy
Information and College Enrollment: Evidence from Two Statewide Experiments in Michigan

May 21
Presenter: Dan Kreisman, Ford School of Public Policy
Does Vocational Course-Taking Ease School-to-Work Transitions? A Dynamic Choice Model

June 18
Presenter: Michael Bates, Michigan State University
Public and Private Learning in the Market for Teachers

July 2
Presenter: Eric Chyn, Economics
The Short and Long Run Impact of Public Housing Demolition on Crime, Schooling and Other Outcomes

July 9
Presenter: Yang Song, University of Pittsburg
How Can Low-Performing Schools Catch Up? Evidence from a Top 10% Quota Policy in China

July 16
Presenter: Michael Naretta, Michigan State University
The Impact of Layoff Announcements on Teacher Effort

July 30
Presenter: Kevin Stange, Ford School of Public Policy
How Do Colleges Respond to Demand Shocks? Evidence from Michigan Community Colleges during the Great Recession

August 13
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Ford School of Public Policy
Do Public Tuition Subsidies Promote College Enrollment? Evidence from Community College Districts in Texas

August 27
Presenter: Jeff Smith, Economics
The Consequences of College Mismatch

Past Seminars - Winter 2014

April 30
Presenter: Jonathan Guryan, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: Experimental Evidence from Juvenile Detention

April 23
Presenter: Monica Hernandez, PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy
The Effect of Local Violence of Students' Academic Achievement: Evidence from Columbia

April 16
Presenter: Jason Kerwin and Rebecca Thornton, Economics
Make the Grade: Understanding What Works for Teach Literacy in Rural Ugana

April 9
Presenter: Luca Facchinello, PhD candidate Stockholm School of Economics
The Effects of Grading on Academic Choices: Evidence from Sweden

April 2
Presenter: Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy
Rules vs. Discretion: Exploring Manipulation on the NYS Regents Examinations

March 28
Presenter: Robert Strauss, School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon
How to Fix the Teacher Hiring Decision

March 26
Presenter: Stephanie Cellini, School of Public Policy, GWU
Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges

March 19
Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education
Why have some Chinese local governments shut down so many rural schools?

March 12
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Ford School of Public Policy
The Effect of College Taxing Districts on College Going

February 26
Presenter: Katherine Strunk, School of Education, USC
The Impact of Turnaround Reform on Student Achievement: Evidence and Insights from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice Initiative

February 19
Presenter: Gaurav Khanna, PhD candidate in Economics
That's Affirmative: Incentivizing Standards or Standardizing Incentives

February 14 (Friday, 11:30-1pm)
Presenters: Sue Dynarski and Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy
Does Raising Standards Raise Achievement: Early Impacts of Michigan’s College Prep High School Curriculum

February 12
Presenter: Norbert Schady, Inter-American Development Bank
A Helping Hand? Teacher Quality and Learning Outcomes in Kindergarten

February 5
Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education and Economics
Mathematics Course Taking in High School and Earnings

January 29
Presenter: Andrew Litten, PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy
Education Grants and State Fiscal Priorities: Evidence from the Recovery Act

January 22
Presenter: Meredith Billings, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education
The Impact of an Early Academic Warning Policy on Community College Students

January 15
Presenter: Julian Hsu, PhD candidate in Economics
Charter Schools on Post-Secondary Choices: Evidence from Admission Lotteries

Past Seminars - Fall 2013

December 11
Presenter: Mark Wiederspan, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education
The Impact of Federal Loan Access for North Carolina Community College Students

December 4
Presenter: Sarah Turner, Department of Economics, University of Virginia
Out of Work and Into School: Labor Market Policies and College Enrollment During the Great Recession

November 20
Presenter: Scott Carrell, Department of Economics, UCDavis
Increasing College Enrollment Through Fast Track Acceptances and Targeted Mentoring Programs

November 6
Presenter: Dan Goldhaber, Center for Education and Data Research, University of Washington Bothell
Inconvenient truth? Do Collective Bargaining Agreements Help Explain the Inequitable Distribution of Teachers Within School Districts

October 30
Presenter: Rachel Rosen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
School Starting Age and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from Michigan

October 23
Presenter: Jonathan Hershaff, PhD candidate in Economics
Choosing Delinquency? Financial Behaviors of Households with Student Loans

October 16
Presenter: Daniel Kreisman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy
The Effect of Increased Funding on Budget Allocations and Student Outcomes: RD and IV Estimates from Texas's small district adjustment

October 9
Presenter: Douglas Harris, Department of Economics, Tulane University
Is Traditional College Financial Aid Too Little, Too Late? Evidence from a Randomized Trial of a Promise Scholarship

October 2
Presenter: Thomas Geraghty, CNA Education
Evaluation of TERC's Using Data Professional Development Program

September 25
Presenter: Sebastian Calónico, PhD candidate in Economics
Distributional Effects of Teachers and Peers in Early Grades

September 18
Presenters: Rachel Rosen and Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy
The Stages of Hiring: Evidence from Rich Data on Applicants, Interviewees, and New Teachers

September 11
Presenter: Max Farrell, PhD candidate in Economics
Robust Inference on Average Treatment Effects with Possibly More Covariates than Observations

September 4
Presenter: Paul Burkander, PhD candidate in Economics, Michigan State University
Returns to Reduced Class Size Revisited: Evidence from California's Quality Education Investment Act

Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2013

August 14
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy
Long-Run Local Government Responses to School Finance Reform and Their Effects on Educational Attainment

August 7
Presenter: Breno Braga, Economics
Employer learning, statistical discrimination, and university prestige

July 31
Presenter: Emily House, Education
College mismatch in Michigan: Exploring the college experience of undermatched students

June 26 - 5th floor
Presenter: Julian Hsu & Andrew Litten, Economics
State loan programs on college attendance: An examination across states

June 19
Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy
Estimating the returns to online education

June 12
Presenter: Steve Hemelt & Rachel Rosen, Public Policy
School starting age, compulsory schooling, and the evolution of educational attainment: Evidence from Michigan

May 22
Presenter: Guan Saw, Michigan State University
The impact of school sanctions: A regression discontinuity study of being on a probationary school list

Past Seminars - Winter 2013

April 24
Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, Economics and Education
Certificates in Michigan: An overview

April 17
Presenter: Eric Bettinger, Stanford University
Teacher effectiveness and other musings on online learning

April 10
Presenter: Rob Garlick, Economics
How price sensitive is grade school enrollment? Evidence from nationwide tuition fee elimination in South Africa

April 3
Presenter: Lesley Turner, University of Maryland
Knowledge versus Ability

March 27
Presenter: Scott Imberman, Michigan State University
The effect of incentive award receipt on teacher teacher performance

March 20
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy
ACT for all: The effect of mandatory college entrance exams on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and choice

March 13
Presenter: Tim McKay, Physics
Informational meeting about Learning Analytics fellowships

February 27
Presenter: Julian Hsu, Economics
Ability learning in dynamic major selection: A preliminary look at Michigan undergraduates

February 20
Presenters: Monica Hernandez & Jon Hershaff, Economics and Public Policy
The role of grit and perseverance in educational attainment gaps

February 13
Presenters: Kevin Stange & Isaac McFarlin, Public Policy
Texas school infrastructure investments and student outcomes: A project overview

February 6
Presenter: Dan Kreisman, Public Policy
Returns to community college courses, certificates, and degrees: An analysis of five Michigan institutions

January 30
Presenter: Adam Sales, Statistics
A propensity score match with many more adjustment variables than observations: Evaluation of a math enrichment program via school-level matching

January 16
Presenter: Caroline Theoharides, Economics and Public Policy
The effect of international migration opportunities on origin-country educational attainment

Past Seminars - Fall 2012

December 12
Presenters: Kevin Stange & Steve Hemelt, Public Policy
The effect of marginal pricing on student progress at public universities

December 5
Presenter: Matthew Chingos, Brookings Institute
Measuring postsecondary student learning

November 28
Presenters: Randall Reback, Columbia University
Do schools’ health and mental health services affect students’ progress?

November 14
Presenter: Rachel Rosen, Public Policy
Evaluating the Michigan Promise Scholarship: Preliminary Findings

November 7
Presenter: Daniel Kreisman, Public Policy
Effects of increased school funding: Evidence from a discontinuity in Texas’s small district adjustment

October 31
Presenters: Professor David Harding & Jane Rochmes, Sociology
For-profit colleges and educational attainment

October 10
Presenter: Peter Dolton, University of Sussex
Making it count: Evidence from a controlled field experiment of the effect of assessment rules and study incentives on student effort and performance

October 3
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy
College entrance exams, sample selection, and the distribution of student achievement

September 26
Presenter: Sean Reardon, Stanford University
Left (less far) behind? The effect of the No Child Left Behind legislation on academic achievement gaps

September 19
Presenter: MCER Team, Public Policy
Preliminary findings from MCER: A series of papers on a decade of education reform in Michigan

September 12
Presenter: Scott Imberman, Michigan State University
Does the market value value-added? Evidence from housing prices after public release of teacher value-added?

Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2012

August 15
Presenter: Dan Kreisman, Public Policy
Private philanthropy and public schools: Evidence from our nation’s past

August 8
Presenter: Rachel Rosen, Public Policy
Shortage field incentives: Impacts on teacher recruitment and retention

August 1
Presenter: Rob Garlick, Economics
Academic peer effects with different group assignments: Tracking versus random assignment

July 18
Presenter: Kevin Stange, Public Policy
The Effect of Differential Pricing on Major Choice

July 1
Presenter: Emily House, Education
College Mismatch in Michigan: Investigating the Postsecondary Enrollment Patterns of Highly Qualified High School Graduates

June 27
Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, Education
The Effect of Course Taking Behavior During High School on Academic Achievement and College Access and Choice

June 20
Presenter: Dr. Tim Bartik, Upjohn Institute
The Short-Term Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on Student Outcomes

May 30
Presenter: Joanna Frye & Jeongeun Kim, Education
The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program on STEM Major Selection and Academic Progress

May 16
Presenter: Monica Hernandez, Economics and Public Policy
Childcare Programs and their Spillover Effects on Older Siblings

Past Seminars - Winter 2012

April 25
Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics
Gender and the STEM Trajectory: Evidence from the NLSY97

April 4
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy
Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Entry

March 28
Presenter: Katharina Ley, Engineering
A Survival Model of Student Loan Defaults

March 21
Presenter: Professor Martin West, Harvard University
Teachers vs. the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education

March 14
Presenter: Nathaniel Schwartz, Education
Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed-Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota

March 7
Presenter: Professor Lars Lefgren, Brigham Young University
Value-added with Multidimensional Teacher Ability

February 29
Presenter: Steve Hemelt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Policy
Childhood Educational Interventions: Experimental Evidence on Postsecondary Outcomes

February 15
Presenter: Dan Leeds, Economics
Admissions Policies and Standardized Testing: The Case for Extremes

February 8
Presenter: Adam Sales, Statistics
Choosing a Bandwidth for Regression-Discontinuity Designs: The Case of Academic Probation

February 1
Presenter: Professor Susan Dynarski, Economics, Ed, and Public Policy
Research Partnership with Michigan’s Community Colleges

January 18
Presenter: Mark White, Education
The Effect of Basal Readers on Instructional Practice

Past Seminars - Fall 2011

December 14
Presenter: Steve Hemelt, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ford School
Data Watch: Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Track Postsecondary Outcomes

December 7
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy
ACT for All: The Impact of Mandatory College Entrance Exams on Postsecondary Enrollment, Choice and Student-College Mismatch

November 30
Presenter: Pamela Giustinelli, Institute for Social Research
Understanding Choice of High School Curriculum: Preferences, Expectations, and Interactions Inside and Outside the Family

November 16
Presenter: Professor David Figlio, Northwestern University
School Accountability, Standards, and Family Sorting

November 2
Presenter: Monica Hernandez, Economics and Public Policy
Early Childhood Programs and their Spillover Effects in Developing Countries

October 26
Presenter: Jonathan Hershaff, Economics
Cha cha cha! The Impact of a Mandatory In-School Ballroom Dance Program on Student Outcomes in NYC Public Schools.

October 12
Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy
The Supply of Alternative Schooling: Measures of Access in the U.S. from 1989 - 2007

October 6
Presenter: Professor Kirabo Jackson, Northwestern University
Single-sex Schools, Student Achievement, and Course Selection: Evidence from Rule-Based Student Assignments in Trinidad and Tobago

September 28
Presenter: Professor Brian McCall, Economics, Education, and Public Policy
The Impact of High School Courses on College Outcomes

September 14
Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy
On the Consequences of Public Subsidies in Higher Education: Evidence from Community College Taxing Districts

Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2011

August 24
Presenter: Professor Kevin Stange, Economics and Public Policy
Eliminating Cross-Subsidies by Level and Program in Undergraduate Education

August 17
Presenter: Edie Ostapik, Economics and Public Policy
The Effect of State High School Legislation on Resources for College-Bound Students: 1970-2009

August 3
Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics
Gender and the STEM Pipeline: Evidence from the NLSY97

July 6
Presenter: Robin Jacob, Institute for Social Research
Online Learning in Michigan: Evidence from a Survey of High School Principals

June 22
Presenter: Susan Dynarski, Economics, Education, and Public Policy
Educational Attainment in Michigan: Facts, Gaps, and Implications for Policy

June 8
Presenter: Anna Kroth, Education
The Effect of Tuition Fees on College Access of Students of Low Social Class in Germany

May 25
Presenter: Elias Walsh, Economics and Public Policy
School Entry Policies and Learning: Test Score Effects on Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment, Maturity, and Time in School

Past Seminars - Winter 2011

April 27
Presenter: Nora Dillon, Economics
The Determinants and Effects of College Mismatch

April 20
Presenter: Emily House, Education
Student Support Services and Financial Incentives: Differential Impacts on Students’ Postsecondary Success

April 13
Presenter: Nate Schwartz, Education
Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota

April 6
Presenter: Dan Leeds, Economics
A Structural Model of Optimal Effort in College Admissions Exams

March 30
Presenter: Katharina Ley, Financial and Operations Engineering
The Credits that Count: Credit and Risk in the Student Loan Market

March 23
Presenter: Joe Waddington, Education
The Educational Attainment of Urban Catholic High School Students in the 21st Century School Choice Ma rke

March 16
Presenter: Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Causal Impacts of Need-Based Financial Aid on College Outcomes: Evidence from an Experiment in Wisconsin

March 9
Presenter: Slesh Shrestha, Economics
Sibling and Peer Interaction in Education

March 2
Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy
Response to Market Threats: How Michigan Public Schools React to School Choice

February 9
Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy
ACT for All: The Impact of Mandatory College Entrance Exams on Postsecondary Enrollment, Choice and Student-College Mismatch

January 26
Presenter: Brad Hershbein, Economics
The Impact of Subsidized Birth Control for College Women: Evidence from the Deficit Reduction Act

Methods Courses across Campus

Can’t get enough? Check out the variety of methods courses offered each term!

Typically offered during the FALL term:

EDUC794/PUBPOL639 - Quant Methods for Program Evaluation
Instructor: Sue Dynarski

EDUC799 - Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
Instructor: Steve DesJardins

EDUC817/STATS817 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in Quant Social Science Methodology
Instructor: David Harding, Jeff Smith, Yu Xie

EDUC820/PUBPOL820 - Causal Inference in Ed Research
Instructor: Sue Dynarski

PUBPOL578 - Applied Policy Seminar
Instructor: Elizabeth Gerber

PUBPOL631 - Economics of Education
Instructor: Brian Jacob

PUBPOL810 - Policy Research Seminar
Instructor: James House

ECON675 - Empirical Microeconomics
Instructor: Jeff Smith

Typically offered during the WINTER term:

EDUC764 - Public Policy in Higher Education
Instructor: Steve DesJardins

EDUC771 - Panel Data and Event History Modeling
Instructor: Brian McCall

PUBPOL578 - Applied Policy Seminar
Instructor: Elizabeth Gerber

PUBPOL611 - Higher Education and Public Policy
Instructor: Kevin Stange

PUBPOL686 - State and Local Policy Analysis
Instructor: Elizabeth Gerber

PUBPOL744 - Economics of the Public Sector
Instructor: Betsey Stevenson

PUBPOL750 - Special Topics: Employment Policy
Instructor: Betsey Stevenson

PUBPOL810 - Policy Research Seminar
Instructor: James House

PUBPOL821 - Advanced Program Evaluation
Instructor: John DiNardo

What has CIERS Done for You? - Hear from our Alumni!

Jonathan Hershaff, Financial Economist at U.S. Securities and Exchange Comission

CIERS had helped me in so many ways to complete my dissertation and succeed on the job market that I gave it an explicit thank you in my dissertation acknowledgments. Three of those ways particularly stick out. First, the opportunity to present early-stage research immensely propelled my papers along, helped by the pre-presentation support from advisors who want you to succeed and the feedback from the diverse range of talented seminar participants including faculty and grad students across the University. Second, CIERS sharpened my presentation skills, as seminar participants would also provide feedback on crowd control and streamlining the presentation for an audience–skills that are critical on interview fly-outs. Finally, the relatively cozy size of CIERS helped to build and maintain connections with other researchers whom I may have otherwise never met.

 

Joshua Hyman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut

CIERS offered me an invaluable opportunity to present my research and receive comments from students and faculty while the research was still too preliminary to present in other venues designed for early work, such as the informal labor and public finance seminars. Presenting very early-stage work also meant that it was productive to then present the same project a year or so later–something that is rarely done in other seminar series–meaning that the same audience could see the growth in the project and continue to provide valuable later-stage feedback. Thanks CIERS!

 

Daniel Kreisman, Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University

During my time at UM, CIERS was an ideal place to present work ranging from a research proposal to a finished piece. I saw many projects, including my own, go through several iterations each an improvement on the last. In each case, you could see where the project benefited directly as a result of comments and suggestions from CIERS participants. I have not seen another seminar like it.​

 

Mark Wiederspan, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

CIERS gave me the opportunity to experience and observe first-hand the application of research methods I learned in the classroom. In addition, CIERS provided me with the opportunity to make connections with individuals across disciplines, many of whom I am still in contact with today.