Seminar schedule

Research that contributes to ongoing academic, policy, and practice conversations.

CIERS seminar schedule

The University of Michigan’s Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) brings together and supports an interdisciplinary community of scholars interested in education-related topics. Through a collaborative, interdisciplinary working/learning environment, CIERS prepares its members for careers in research and policy. Members present all stages of causal inference research that contribute to education policy and practice. Colleagues provide constructive feedback, acknowledging that what constitutes value is not the same for every participant.

We cultivate a welcome and inclusive space, informed by guiding principles rooted in respect, self-awareness, and intentionality. We would like to thank the Rackham Graduate School for their generous support for CIERS.

 

Upcoming seminars

  • All seminars are held on Wednesday from 10-11:20am in-person in the Whitney Auditorium (Room 1315) in the School of Education (unless otherwise stated below) and on Zoom. Please contact the coordinators (ciers.umich@gmail.com) for Zoom details.

    September 22nd
    Fall Kickoff Event. Meet members of the CIERS community! 
    Location TBD (outside, weather permitting). 
    Please RSVP here if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly. 

    September 29th
    Presenter:  Jason Baron, Assistant Professor of Economics, Duke University (with Ezra Goldstein and Joseph Ryan)
    Title: The Push for Racial Equity in Child Welfare: Can Blind Removals Reduce Disproportionality?

    October 6th
    Presenter:  Shauna Dyer, PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan (with Davis Daumler)
    Title: Institutionalized Inequality and the Changing Landscape of Higher Education 

    October 13th
    Join us to get to know and learn more about the work of EPI's new faculty and postdocs
    Presenters: Kathy Michelmore, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Awilda Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Education, Marissa Thompson, Postdoctoral Fellow of Public Policy, University of Michigan, and Tareena Musaddiq, Postdoctoral Fellow of Public Policy, University of Michigan)

    October 20th
    Presenter:  Elizabeth Burland, PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan
    Title:TBD

    October 27th
    Presenter: Amanda Weissman, PhD Candidate in Education Studies, University of Michigan (with Christina Weiland, Meghan McCormick, JoAnn Hsueh, Catherine Snow, and Jason Sachs)
    Title: What Can Machine Learning Offer When Predicting Special Education and Chronic Absenteeism for Early Elementary Schools?
    *CIERS will take place in the Tribute Room (Room 1322) in the School of Education*

    November 3rd
    Presenter: Anna Shapiro, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia and Tareena Mussadiq, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan  (with Christina Weiland, and Brian Jacob)
    Title: The Michigan Transitional Kindergarten Study

    November 10th
    Presenter: Shawn Martin, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Title: Job Search and Earnings Growth: General and Specific Majors

    November 17th
    Presenters: Haley Abourezk-Pinkstone and Keshav Garud, PhD Candidates in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Effects of Expanded Public School Choice on Segregation and Racial and Socioeconomic Sorting in Schools 

    November 24th
    No CIERS, Thanksgiving break

    December 1st
    Presenter: Brittany Vasquez, PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan
    Title: Medicaid Direct Certification for School Lunches (with Kathy Michelmore and Natasha Pilkauskas)
    *CIERS will take place in the Tribute Room (Room 1322) in the School of Education*

    December 8th
    Presenter: Chloe Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame
    Title: TBD

    December 15th
    Presenter: Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies, University of Michigan
    Title: TBD

 

Past seminars

  • All seminars (unless otherwise noted) are held on Tuesdays from 1-1:50pm on Zoom. Please contact the coordinators (ciers.umich@gmail.com) for Zoom details.

    June 22nd
    Presenter: Brittany Vasquez, PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan
    Title: More School Funding, Less Crime? (with Jason Baron and Joshua Hyman)

    June 29th
    IES predoctoral fellowship applicants Q&A panel

    July 6th
    No CIERS

    July 13th
    Presenters: Shwetha Raghuraman, PhD Candidate in Economics & Elizabeth Burland, PhD Candidate in Sociology and Public Policy
    Title: What's the Power of Certainty? Experimental Evidence on the Effective Design of Free Tuition Policies (with Susan Dynarski, Katherine Michelmore, Stephanie Owen)

    July 20th
    Presenter: Matthew Truwit, PhD student in Education Studies, University of Michigan
    Title:Investigating the Promise of Integrated Student Supports: Evaluation of the Community School Model in Tennessee (with Matthew Ronfeldt)

    July 27th
    Presenter: Kristen Cummings, PhD Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    Title: Exploring Heterogeneity in the Effects of State Merit-Aid Loss (with KC Deane, Steve DesJardins, Brian McCall)

    August 3rd
    Presenter: Andrew Simon, PhD in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Do Perceptions of Public Good Quality Affect Support? Evidence from Higher Education Appropriations (with Reuben Hurst and Michael Ricks)

    August 10th
    Presenter: Heeyun Kim, PhD Candidate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    Title: The Effects of Holistic Admissions on Enrollment Outcomes: A Government Reform in College Admissions in South Korea

    2/16
    Presenter: Basit Zafar, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan.
    "Feedback, Beliefs, and Educational Choices: Evidence from a Dynamic Laboratory Experiment" (with Katherine Coffman and Paola Ugalde).

    2/23
    IES predoctoral fellowship applicants Q&A panel

    3/9
    Visiting Speaker: Sarah Turner, Professor of Economics and Education, Souder Family Endowed Chair, University of Virginia.

    3/16
    Presenter: Elizabeth Burland, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan.
    "Postsecondary Decision Making: The Role of Social Contexts, Economic Uncertainty, and Financial Aid Interventions."

    3/23
    Visiting Speaker: Shanyce Campbell, Assistant Professor of Education at Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh.

    3/30
    Visiting Speaker: Meghan Oster, Senior Research Analyst, Iowa College Aid.
    "Summer Melt in Iowa."

    4/6
    Presenter: Shwetha Raghuraman, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan.
    "The effect of advertising on postsecondary choice."

    4/13
    Presenter: Amanda Weissman, Ph.D. Candidate in Education Studies, University of Michigan.

    4/20
    Presenter: Shawn Martin, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics & Public Policy, University of Michigan.
    "Earnings Growth of College Graduates."

    4/27
    Presenter: KC Deane, Ph.D. Candidate in Education, CSHPE University of Michigan.
    "Geographic Accessibility of Broad-Access Public Colleges in Metropolitan Areas."

    5/4
    Presenter: Michael Murto, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan.
    "The effect of Student Loans on Academic and Labor Market Behavior."

    9/29
    Fall kickoff event. Meet members of the CIERS community!
    We'll start with introductions from EPI's two new postdocs, Tareena Musaddiq and Jason Baron. Next we'll enter breakout rooms for a chance to get to know other members of our community. Please fill out this RSVP form if you plan to attend the kickoff so we can assign breakout rooms!

    10/6
    "What is a postdoc like? How do I apply for one?"
    Join us for a panel discussion about postdoctoral fellowships in education! Panelists: Anna Shapiro, Christina Weiland, Kevin Stange, Matthew Ronfeldt, Sabrina Solanki, and Xiaoyang Ye.

    10/13
    Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, Postdoctoral Researcher in Education Policy at Brown University.
    "Reducing Medical School Dropout"

    10/20
    Presenter: Stephanie Owen, PhD Candidate, Economics and Public Policy.
    "College Major Choice and Beliefs about Relative Ability: An Experimental Intervention to Understand Gender Gaps in Stem"

    10/27
    Presenter: Katherine Michelmore, Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse.
    Evaluating the New York State Excelsior Scholarship on application and enrollment decisions (with CJ Libassi)

    11/3
    Presenter: Nathan Mather, PhD Candidate in Economics.
    "From Value Added to Welfare Added" (with Michael Ricks and Tanner Eastmond)

    11/11
    Presenter: Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Candidate Educational Studies.
    Title TBD.

    11/17
    Presenter: Diana Leyva, Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
    "Food for Thought: A randomized trial of a literacy program for Latinx parents" (with Christina Weiland, Gloria Maldonaldo, Anna Shapiro)

    12/1
    Presenter: Sabrina Solanki, Postdoc at the Ford School
    Title TBD

    12/8
    Presenter: Andrew Simon, PhD Candidate in Economics.
    Title TBD

    12/15
    Presenter: Anne Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor at UMass Boston.
    "Successful Interventions at Scale: The Importance of Managers" (with Adrienne Lucas and Sabrin Beg)

    5/27 **4pm**
    Virtual Happy Hour with CIERS Alumni (@4pm)

    6/3
    Presenters: Meredith Billings, Sam Houston State University, Educational Leadership and Denisa Gandara, Southern Methodist University
    The Effects of Local Promise Programs on Changes to Community Colleges' Finances

    6/17
    Presenter Christina Weiland, UM School of Education
    Research-Policy Partnership: Boston

    6/24
    Presenter: Emanuele Bardelli, UM School of Education
    TBD

    7/1
    Presenter: KC Deane, UM Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and Amanda Klafehn, Senior Director of Research and Strategy with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
    Leveraging the State-Researcher Partnership as a Responsive Tool in the Policy Context

    7/8
    Presenter: Paula Clasing, UM Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
    The effects of a free-tuition policy in higher education: The case of Chile

    7/22
    Presenter: Susan Dynarski, UM Public Policy, Economics, School of Education
    Research-Policy Partnership: HAIL Scholarship

    7/29
    Presenter: Amanda Weissman, UM School of Education
    TBD

    8/12
    Presenter: Nate Bauer, UM Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
    TBD

    1/15
    Presenter: E. Jason Baron, Doctoral Candidate in Economics at Florida State University (EPI post-doc candidate)
    School Spending and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Revenue Limit Elections in Wisconsin

    1/22
    Presenter: Scott Delhommer, Doctoral Candidate in Economics at UT Austin (EPI post-doc candidate)
    High School Role Models and Minority College Achievement

    1/29
    Presenter (half slot): CIERS Climate and Inclusion Working Group
    *Update on CIERS Climate and Inclusion Work*

    Presenter (half slot): Shauna Dyer, PhD Candidate in Sociology
    *Maternal Postsecondary Education as a Poverty Reduction Mechanism*

    2/5
    Presenter: Stacey Brockman, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies
    Can Career Mentoring Increase the Pool of College-Eligible Disadvantaged Students? Evaluating the Impacts of the Winning Futures Workforce Preparation Program

    2/12
    Presenter: Andrew Simon, PhD Candidate in Economics
    Geographic Spillovers and Community College Tax Base Size

    2/19
    Presenter: Iman YeckehZaare, PhD Candidate in Information
    A Practice Tool Reduced the Gender Gap in CS Education

    2/26
    Presenter: Ash Craig, Assistant Professor of Economics
    Discipline Reform, School Culture, and Student Achievement

    3/4
    No CIERS, spring break

    3/11
    Presenter: Sarah Turner, Professor of Economics and Education, University of Virginia
    TBA

    3/18
    Presenter: Shawn Martin, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
    TBA

    3/25
    Presenter: Elizabeth Tipton, Associate Professor of Statistics at Northwestern University
    TBA

    4/1
    Presenter: Stephanie Owen, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy
    College Major Choice and Beliefs about Relative Ability: An Experimental Intervention to Understand Gender Gaps in STEM

    4/8
    Presenter (half slot): Amanda Ketner, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies
    TBA

    Presenter (half slot): Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies
    TBA

    4/15
    Presenter (half slot): KC Deane, PhD Candidate in Higher Education
    TBA

    Presenter (half slot): Sabrina Solanki, IES Post-Doctoral Fellow, Education Policy Initiative
    TBA

    9/11
    Presenters: Stephanie Owen and Max Gross, CIERS Coordinators
    Findings from CIERS climate survey and discussion

    9/18
    Presenter: Kevin Stange, Associate Professor of Public Policy
    Attrition from administrative data: Problems and solutions with an application to higher education

    9/25
    Presenter: James Allen IV, PhD Candidate in Economics
    Scheduling conflict: Effects of overlap in the school and farming calendars on education

    10/9
    Presenter: Elizabeth Burland, PhD Candidate in Sociology and Public Policy
    Postsecondary Decision Making: Exploring the Choices of Low-income, High-achieving Students

    10/16
    Presenter: Nate Bauer, PhD Student in Higher Education

    10/23
    Presenter: Julien LaFortune, Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California
    Measuring the efficacy and efficiency of school facility expenditures

    10/30
    Presenter: Christian Fischer, Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Irvine
    The impact of advanced placement credit policies on student success in STEM gateway courses

    11/6
    Presenter: Avery Calkins, PhD Candidate in Economics
    College major and the dot-com crash

    11/13
    Presenter: Anna Shapiro
    Over diagnosed or over-looked? The effect of age at time of school entry on students receiving special education services

    11/20
    Presenter: Riley Acton, PhD Candidate in Economics at Michigan State University
    Local labor market shocks and community college program choices

    12/4
    Presenter: Michael Ricks, PhD Student in Economics
    TBD

    12/11
    Presenter: Sutanuka Roy, Assistant Professor of Economics at Australia National University
    TBD

    5/22
    Presenter: Fernando Furquim, PhD Candidate in Higher Education

    Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Tennessee
    The Barking Smog? Air quality, power plants, and student cognition

    5/29
    No CIERS, Memorial Day

    6/5
    Presenter: Thomas Goldring, Postdoctoral Fellow at Education Policy Initiative
    Income Changes and Achievement Gaps

    6/12
    Presenter: Michael Ricks, PhD Student in Economics
    School Entry Selection and Heterogeneous Treatment: Considering Redshirting with an MTE

    6/19
    Presenter: Stacey Brockman, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies

    6/26
    Presenter: Meghan Oster, PhD Candidate in Higher Education

    7/3
    No CIERS, Fourth of July

    7/10
    Shawn Martin, PhD Student in Economics

    7/17
    Stephanie Owen, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Polcy

    7/24
    Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado, Postdoctoal Fellow at Education Policy Initiative

    7/31
    Max Gross, PhD Candidate in Economics
    The Causal Effects of Foster Care on Child Outcomes

    8/7
    Presenters: Hannah Mullman, PhD Student in Educational Studies
    Nate Bauer, PhD Student in Higher Education

    8/14
    Amanda Ketner, PhD Student in Educational Studies

    8/21
    Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies

    1/16
    Presenter: Stephanie Owen, PhD Candidate in Economics and Public Policy

    1/23
    Presenter: Sabrina Solanki, PhD Candidate in Education Research, University of California, Irvine
    Looking Beyond Academic Performance:The Influence of Instructor Gender onStudent Motivation in STEM Fields

    1/30
    Presenter: Matthew Diemer, Associate Professor of Education
    Charting How Wealth Shapes Educational Pathways from Childhood to Early Adulthood: A Process Model

    2/6
    Presenter: Breyon Williams, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of South Carolina
    Who Does Aid Help? Examining Heterogeneity in the Effect of Student Aid on Achievement

    2/13
    Presenter: Avery Calkins, PhD Candidate in Economics

    2/20
    Presenter: Anthony Fowlkes, Master's student in Higher Education and Public Policy

    2/27
    Presenter: Celeste Caruthers, Associate Professor of Economics at University of Tennessee

    3/6 - No CIERS, spring break

    3/13
    Presenter: KC Deane, PhD Candidate in Higher Education

    3/20
    Presenter: Sam Stern, PhD Candidate in Economics
    Endogenizing Education in a DMP Search Model

    3/27
    Presenter: Lillie Moffett, PhD Candidate in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology

    4/3
    Presenter: Kalena Cortes, Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University

    4/10
    Presenter: Anna Shapiro, PhD Candidate in Education Studies
    Michigan Great Start Readiness Program

    4/17
    Presenter: Fernando Furquim, PhD Candidate in Higher Education
    The Consequences of Specialized Accreditation to Academic Programs

    4/23 (Tue)
    Presenter: David Deming, Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics at Harvard University (joint event with ISR)

    9/12
    Presenter: Yang Song - Assistant Professor of Economics, Colgate University
    The Effects of the Chinese College Admission Reforms on Match Quality

    9/19 - open

    9/26 - open

    10/3
    Presenter: Thomas Goldring - Postdoctoral Fellow, Education Policy Institute
    TBD

    10/10
    Presenter: Meghan Oster - PhD Candidate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    What makes up a policy? A detailed analysis of Ohio's performance-based funding policy

    10/17
    Presenter: Riley Acton - PhD Candidate in Economics, Michigan State University
    Community College Tuition, College Choices, and College Outcomes

    10/24
    Presenter: Lindsay Page - Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pittsburgh
    TBD

    10/31
    Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye - PhD Candidate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    Religion and Motivated Cognition: When Ramadan Meets the College Entrance Exam

    11/7
    Presenter: Eric Chyn - Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
    The Causal Impact of Removing Children from Abusive and Neglectful Homes

    11/14
    Presenter: Nate Schwartz - Chief Research and Strategy Officer, TN Department of Education
    TBD

    11/21
    Thanksgiving week, no presentation

    11/28
    Presenter: Vivian Wong - Assistant Professor of Research, Statistics, and Evaluation, University of Virginia
    TBD

    12/5
    Presenter: Max Gross - PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    TBD

    12/12
    Presenter: Brittany Vasquez - PhD Student in Sociology and Public Policy, University of Michigan
    TBD

    May 22
    Presenter: Shawn Martin, PhD Student in Economics
    Occupation Choice - Worker Skills and Occupation Tasks

    May 23
    Presenter: Phil Oreopoulos, University of Toronto economics
    The Remarkable Unresponsiveness to Nudging College Students: Evidence from 10 experiments over 4 years

    May 29
    Presenter: Avery Calkins, PhD Student in Economics
    College Major Choice and the Dot-Com Crash

    June 5
    Presenter: Shauna Dyer, PhD Student in Sociology
    Public Transfers and the Educational Attainment of Poor Mothers

    June 12 - Brian Jacob
    TBA

    June 19
    Presenter: Mark White, Research Fellow at Institute for Social Research
    Are RCTs an Efficient Approach to Structure the Field of Program Evaluation?

    June 26
    Presenter: Katherine Michelmore and Natasha Pilkauskas
    Using refundable tax credits to reduce child poverty: Differences by credit type and by child's age

    July 10
    Presenter: Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Student in Education
    TBA

    July 17
    Presenter: Elizabeth Burland, PhD Student in Sociology
    The Effects of Expanding Student Financial Aid: The Higher Education Act Re-Authorization of 1992

    July 24
    Presenter: Amanda Ketner, PhD Student in Education
    TBA

    July 31
    Presenter: Stephanie Owen, PhD Student in Economics
    The AP Program and College Outcomes

    August 14
    Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD Student in Higher Education
    Human instruction versus machine learning: Scaling up policy interventions to reduce inequality in college access

    August 15
    Presenter: Daniel Kreisman, Georgia State University economics 
    TBA

    August 28
    Presenter: Silvia Robles, Postdoctoral Fellow at Education Policy Initiative
    TBA

    January 10
    Presenter: Sarah Cohodes, Assistant Professor, Columbia University Teachers College
    Can Successful Schools Replicate? Scaling Up Boston's Charter Sector

    January 17
    Presenter: Max Gross, PhD Candidate in Economics
    The Effect of Foster Care Placement on Educational Outcomes

    January 24
    Presenter: Briana Mezuk, Associate Professor School of Public Health
    Debate and Academic Achievement in Urban Public School Settings

    January 31
    Presenter: Dominique Baker, Assistant Professor of Education Policy, Southern Methodist University
    Affirmative Intervention to Reduce Stereotype Threat Bias: Experimental Evidence from a Community College

    February 7
    Presenter: Thomas Goldring, Postdoctoral Fellow
    Schools Under Accountability Pressure Receive More Money: Evidence from Texas Under NCLB

    February 14
    Presenter: Abigail Wozniak, Associate Professor, Notre Dame Department of Economics
    Guns and Pro-Social Behavior

    February 21
    Presenter: Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado, Ohio State University
    Home Literacy Environment of Spanish-Speaking Latino Families

    February 28
    Spring Break

    March 7
    Presenter: Ben Alcott, Cambridge University School of Education
    Accountability and Literacy in Rural India

    March 21
    Presenter: Kolby Gadd, PhD Student in Education
    Do Students of Color and Low-Income Students Experience Lower-Quality Instruction? An Analysis of Panel Data From the MET Project

    March 28 (40-minute presentations)
    Presenter: Lillie Moffett, PhD Student in Combined Program in Education and Psychology
    TBA
    Presenter: KC Deane, PhD Student in Education
    Does the Community College Baccalaureate Increase the Supply of Graduates in High-Demand Fields?

    April 4
    Presenter: Kalena Cortes, Associate Professor, Texas A&M Bush School of Public Policy
    TBA

    April 11
    Presenter: Sandra Black, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin
    Poor Little Rich Kids? The Determinants of the Intergenerational Transmission of Wealth

    April 18
    Presenter: Andrew Simon, PhD Candidate in Economics
    Efficient Coverage of Community College Taxing Districts

    September 6
    Research roundtable and introduction to CIERS

    September 13
    Presenter: Daniel Hubbard, PhD Candidate in Economics
    More Gains Than Score Gains? High School Quality and College Success (practice job talk)

    October 4
    Presenter: David Mickey-Pabello, PhD Candidate in Sociology
    Affirmative Action Bans and Interracial Marriage

    October 11
    Presenters: Kevin Stange and Mark Umbricht
    Variation in and Consequences of Undergraduate Class Size

    October 18
    Presenter: Seth Gershenson, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University
    The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers

    October 25
    Presenter: Gail Lucasan, PhD Candidate in Economics
    The Fiscal Cost of Immigration: State and Local Responses in Education Finance (practice job talk)

    November 1
    Presenter: Daniela Morar, PhD Candidate in Economics
    Teaching Assistant Characteristics and Student STEM Outcomes (practice job talk)

    November 8
    Presenter: Anna Shapiro
    TBD

    November 15
    Presenter: Xiaoyang Ye, PhD Candidate in Higher Education
    Organizing Schools for the Use of Knowledge in College Choice

    November 22 - Thanksgiving

    November 29
    Presenter: Paco Martorell, Associate Professor of Education, University of California-Davis
    The Impacts of Grade Retention: Evidence from New York City

    December 6
    Presenter: Helen Ladd, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Duke University
    Choosing Charter Schools in North Carolina: What Do Parents Value?

    December 13
    Presenter: Fernando Furquim, PhD Candidate at the ​Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
    College Costs Across Fields and Over Time

    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

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

    July 26
    Presenter: Mónica Hernández​, Postdoctoral Scholar, Tulane University
    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
    Presenter:​ Stacey Brockman​, PhD Pre-Candidate in Education​
    Exclusionary Discipline Gaps: Evidence of Differences in Suspension and Expulsion Rates for Black and White Ninth-Graders in Michigan

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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