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 3rd Floor Seminar Room (Room 3240) in the Ford School of Public Policy and on Zoom.  Please contact the coordinators (ciers.umich@gmail.com) for Zoom details.

    May 18th
    Kickoff Event (in-person only)

    May 25th
    Presenter: Anna Khoruzhenko, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    The Effects of All-Russian Olympiad (with Victor Postonogov) 

    June 1st
    Presenter: Kevin Stange, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Skills, Majors, and Jobs: Does Higher Education Respond?(with Shawn Martin, Andrew Simon, Brad Hersbhein, Steve Hemelt)

    June 8th
    Presenter: Thad Domina, Professor of Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina
    The Kids on the Bus: The Academic Consequences of Diversity-Driven School
    Reassignments (with Deven Carlson, James Carter III, Matthew Lenard, Andrew McEachin, and Rachel Perera)

    June 15th
    Presenter: Nathan Sotherland, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    The Impact of Significant Disproportionality on District Spending

    Presenter: Jordy Berne, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan The Long-Run Impacts of Universal Pre-K: Evidence from the First Statewide Program

    June 22nd
    Presenter: Michael Ricks, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan

    The Demand for and Supply of High School Career Technical Education (with Brian Jacob)

    June 29th
    Presenter: Carson Byrd, NCID Senior Fellow-in-Residence, University of Michigan
    Shifting Diversity along Student Pathways and Contributions to Long-term Liberal Education Outcomes

    July 6th
    No CIERS

    July 13th
    Presenter: Thomas Helgerman, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title IX and Occupational Convergence

    July 20th
    Presenter: Junchao Tang, PhD Student in Sociology & Scientific Computing, University of Michigan
    Mirrored Equalizer: Boarding, Schooling and Academic Achievement Gap

    July 27th
    Presenter: Kristen Cummings, PhD Candidate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    *TBD*
    Presenter: Katie Leu, PhD student in Sociology, University of Michigan *Differing, Derailed, or Doubtful: Measuring College Students' Unequal Pathways Through Curriculum

    August 3rd
    Presenter: Matthew Truwit, PhD Candidate in Education Studies, University of Michigan
    *TBD*

    August 10th
    Presenter: Shwetha Raghuraman, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    Family preferences and horizontal differentiation in urban school choice markets

    August 17th
    Presenter: Brittany Vasquez, PhD Candidate, Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan
    Does Oversight Matter? Understanding the Impact of Fiscal Accountability on Districts and Students

    August 24th
    Presenter: Tanner Delpier, PhD Education Policy, Michigan State University *Michigan's School Facilities (with Brittany Vasquez)*

    and

    Presenter: Cassandra Arroyo, PhD Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    *TBD*

     


    The Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) meets Wednesdays from 10-11:20am during the school year. For a schedule of upcoming seminars, please visit our website: http://www.edpolicy.umich.edu/ciers/ 

    If you would like to add all CIERS events automatically to your Google calendar, please go here and click the blue plus sign in the right corner of your screen. 

    CIERS student coordinators: Brittany Vasquez and Kristen Cummings (ciers.umich@gmail.com)

 

Past seminars

  • All seminars are held on Wednesday from 10-11:20am in-person in the 3rd Floor Seminar Room (Room 3240) in the Ford School of Public Policy and on Zoom. Please contact the coordinators (ciers.umich@gmail.com) for Zoom details.

    January 5th
    Presenter: Michael Ricks, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Worth the Wait? Strategic Kindergarten Entry Improves Achievement But Reduces Equity

    January 12th
    No CIERS

    January 19th
    Presenter: Katherine Michelmore, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Title: The Power of Certainty: Experimental Evidence on the Effective Design of Free Tuition Programs" (with Elizabeth Burland, Susan Dynarski, Stephanie Owen, and Shwetha Raghuraman)

    January 26th
    Presenter: Marissa Tompson, Postdoctoral Fellow of Public Policy, University of Michigan
    Title: Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Information on Parental Preferences for School Segregation (with Sam Trejo)

    February 2nd
    Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Assistant Professor in Economics, Amherst College
    Title: More School Funding, Less Crime? (with Jason Baron and Brittany Vasquez)

    February 9th
    Presenter: Natasha Pilkauskas
    Title: The Effects of the Child Tax Credit on the Economic Wellbeing of Low-Income Families

    and

    Presenters: Anna Paulson, PhD Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan; Nathan Sotherland, PhD Student in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Early Research Ideas from our Newest IES Predocs (Part 1)

    February 16th
    Presenters: Alvin Christian, PhD Student in Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan; Joshua Skiles, PhD Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan; Jordy Berne, PhD Student in Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Early Research Ideas from our Newest IES Predocs (Part 2)

    February 23rd
    Presenter: Rebecca Davis, University of Pennsylvania
    Title: School Based Food Insecurity Interventions

    March 2nd
    Presenters: Charles Gale, Harvard University
    Title: Expanding Federal Support for Pre-K: Access, Quality, and the Teacher Workforce

    March 9th
    Presenter: Paula Clasing, PhD Candidate in Higher Education, University of Michigan
    Title: The Impact of a Free Tuition Policy on Student Access and Persistence in Chilean Higher Education

    March 16th
    NO CIERS (AEFP Conference)

    March 23rd
    Presenter: Emanuele Bardelli, PhD Candidate in Educational Studies, University of Michigan
    Title: Early Career Instructional Supports, Professional Growth, and Employment Decisions

    March 30th
    Presenter: Basit Zafar, Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Understanding Socioeconomic Differences in College Outcomes (with Esteban Aucejo, Jacob French, and Paola Ugalde A.)

    April 6th
    Presenter: Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan
    Title: Assessing the Quality of School District Decision-Making: Evidence from 2020-21 School Re-Openings (with Alvin Christian and John Singleton)

    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 - CANCELLED
    Presenter:  
    Title:

    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
    No 

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

    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

    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