EPI in brief - Latest news and publications from the Education Policy Initiative
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EPI in brief
Latest publications and news from the Education Policy Initiative
Fall 2017
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Kevin Stange has been promoted to associate professor of public policy with tenure, Thomas Goldring has joined EPI as a postdoctoral fellow, and EPI-trained researchers Daniel Hubbard and alumna Monica Hernandez (UM PhD '16) are on the job market.

Loeb, S., Dynarski, S., McFarland, D., Morris, P., Reardon, S., & Reber, S. 2017. "Descriptive Analysis in Education: A Guide for Researchers." NCEE 2017–4023. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Barr, N., Chapman, B., Dearden, L., Dynarski, S. 2017. "Getting Student Financing Right in the US: Lessons from Australia and England." University College, London.

Scott-Clayton, J., Dynarski, S. 2017. "Tax Benefits for College Attendance," in Alan Auerbach and Kent Smetters, eds., The Economics of Tax Policy. Oxford University Press.

Hyman, J. 2017. "Does Money Matter in the Long Run? Effects of School Spending on Educational Attainment," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017 9(4): 256-280.

Baker, R., Bettinger, E., Jacob, B., Marinescu, I. 2017. "The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students' Major Choice." EPI Working Paper.

Kreisman, D., Stange, K. 2017. “Vocational and Career Tech Education in American High Schools: The Value of Depth Over Breadth.” EPI Working Paper.


The University of Michigan's Go Blue Guarantee, which pledges four years of tuition for low-income in-state students, has garnered national attention and is based in part on research by Dynarski, Michelmore, Oster and Owen.

Brian Jacob reviews his research regarding Michigan’s lackluster performance at turning around under-performing schools in a Michigan Radio interview.

In "What 'school choice' means in the era of Trump and Devos," the Washington Post explores the varied policies and programs proposed by U.S. school-choice advocates and cites research by the Education Policy Initiative.

Recent analysis by Brian Jacob and Kelly Lovett reviews the causes, consequences, and potential solutions for chronic absenteeism in Brookings Evidence Speaks.

Brian Jacob cited in Chalkbeat article “Five big questions researchers are asking about charters.”


The Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $712,000 in funding for the University of Michigan’s postdoctoral training program focused on causal inference in education policy research. The grant continues U-M’s established program and supports four additional postdoctoral fellows.

We are recruiting for our Institute of Education Sciences-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in causal inference in education policy research. Come train with us!

EPI EVENTS IN 2017-2018

EPI has organized a stellar visiting scholar series this academic year, including:
  • September 11 -12: Carrie Conaway, Chief Strategy and Research Officer, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • October 18: Seth Gershenson, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University

  • November 29: Paco Martorell, Associate Professor at UC Davis School of Education

  • December 6: Helen Ladd, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy

  • January 10: Sarah Cohodes, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • January 31: Dominique Baker, Assistant Professor of Education Policy, Southern Methodist University

  • February 7: Tressie McMillan Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology I Virginia Commonwealth University

  • February 12-16: Abigail Wozniak, Associate Professor, Notre Dame Department of Economics

  • March 7: Ben Alcott, Cambridge University

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

  • April 11: Sandra Black, Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs and professor of economics, University of Texas at Austin
Hear about our research and meet our scholars at nearly three dozen sessions at APPAM's Fall 2017 Conference. Chicago, IL November 2-4.
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