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Research fellows

Jordy Berne

Predoctoral Research Fellow
Jordy Berne is a PhD student in economics and an Institute of Education Sciences predoctoral fellow. His research interests include child development, economic mobility, and the economics of education. He’s particularly interested in these areas as…
Alumni

Tamara W. Linkow

Principle Associate, Division of Social and Economic Policy
Tamara Linkow has 11 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative educational research and evaluation. She has played leadership roles on studies using both experimental and quasi-experimental methods. She has worked for federal…
Affiliates

Katherine Michelmore

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Katherine Michelmore is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Previously, she was assistant professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse…
News

The student loan system has "layers and layers of dysfunction"

Jan 6, 2021 "The student loan system has 'layers and layers of dysfunction'" podcast
 As President-elect Joe Biden mulls forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt — and leading Democrats and others on his left push for more — one of our listeners wants to know: What would that do to the economy, and is it even possible for the White...
News

Low-income students lose ground

Dec 4, 2020 "Low-income students lose ground" article
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the gaps between low-income and high-income students, according to an editorial in Science magazine by Ford School professor Sue Dynarski, written with Christopher Avery of Harvard and Sarah Turner from the...
EPI Working papers

Tax Benefits for College Attendance

March 1, 2016
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Susan Dynarski, Judith Scott-Clayton
National efforts to promote college enrollment are increasingly delivered through tax-based assistance, including tax credits and deductions for tuition and fees, tax-advantaged college savings plans, and student loan interest deductions. This paper...
EPI Working papers

Financial Aid Policy: Lessons from Research

May 1, 2013
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Susan Dynarski, Judith Scott-Clayton
In the nearly fifty years since the adoption of the Higher Education Act of 1965, financial aid programs have grown in scale, expanded in scope, and multiplied in form. As a result, financial aid has become the norm among college enrollees. Aid now...
Transitions into the labor market

An Empirical Analysis of the Consequences of Major Choice Using Texas Administrative Data

June 2018
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Kevin Stange, Rodney Andrews, Scott Imberman, Michael Lovenheim
The central aim of this project is to estimate the causal effect of students’ college major choices  on their postsecondary and labor market outcomes. The combination of a research design that can identify causal effects of major choice with rich administrative data that allow us to track students from high school through college and into the labor market is novel in the higher education literature and will provide new and important evidence on how college major choices affect students during college and...
Postsecondary preparation & success

Understanding Geographic Differences in Postsecondary Decision Making and Financial Aid Interventions

This study gathers and analyzes data from qualitative interviews with high school students in Michigan. These interviews ask students to describe heir college decision making process and to what extent financial aid programs or interventions were effective at influencing their postsecondary decisions. The information gathered through this project provides vital insight, directly from the student perspective, on how financial aid interventions work and who they work for. Moreover, this project sheds light on the link between postsecondary inequality and student decision-making. Finally, the...
Postsecondary preparation & success

HAIL Scholars: Increasing Economic Diversity at a Flagship University

EPI researchers and University of Michigan administrators developed and piloted the HAIL scholarship research program to attract low-income, high-achieving students to consider applying to and enrolling in the university. The project addresses three issues known to affect college application behavior among low-income, high-achieving students: uncertainty about their suitability for an elite school, over-estimates by students and parents of the net cost of college, and procedural barriers such as aid applications. The intervention targets low-income, high-achieving students in Michigan, as...