Seminar Schedule

 

*Wednesdays 8:30am-10am*

*Ford School, 3rd Floor Conference Room*


Upcoming Seminars - Winter 2014


April 23

Mónica Hernández, PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy

The Effect of Local Violence on Students' Academic Achievement: Evidence from Colombia


April 30

Jonathan Guryan, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University

Reducing Juvenile Delinquency: Experimental Evidence from Juvenile Detention


Upcoming Seminars - Spring/Summer 2014

*Wednesdays 11:30am-1pm*


May 7

Josh Hyman, Ford School of Public Policy

Information and College Enrollment: Evidence from Two Statewide Experiments in Michigan


May 21

Dan Kreisman


June 4

Caroline Theoharides, Ford School of Public Policy and Department of Economics

The Effect of Prenatal Health on Later Life Outcomes: Evidence from Maternal Fasting During Ramadan


June 18

Connor Cole, Department of Economics

Class Size, Student Achievement and State Policy: New Evidence from California 2007-2012


July 2

Eric Chyn, PhD candidate Department of Economics

The Short and Long Run Impact of Public Housing Demolition on Crime, Schooling and Other Outcomes


July 16

Michael Naretta, Michigan State University

The Impact of Layoff Announcements on Teacher Effort


July 30

Kevin Stange, Ford School of Public Policy


August 13

Isaac McFarlin


August 27

Jeff Smith




Past Seminars - Winter 2014


April 16

Jason Kerwin and Rebecca Thornton, Department of Economics

Making the Grade: Understanding what works for teaching literacy in rural Uganda


April 9

Luca Facchinello, PhD candidate Stockholm School of Economics

The Effects of Grading on Academic Choices: Evidence from Sweden


April 2

Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy

Rules vs. Discretion: Exploring Manipulation on the NYS Regents Examinations


March 28 (Friday, 11:30-1pm)

Robert Strauss, School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie-Mellon

How to Fix the Teacher Hiring Decision


March 26

Stephanie Cellini, School of Public Policy, GWU

Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges


March 19

Xiaoyang Ye, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education

Why have some Chinese local governments shut down so many rural schools?


March 12

Isaac McFarlin, Ford School of Public Policy

The Effect of College Taxing Districts on College Going


February 26

Katherine Strunk, School of Education, USC

The Impact of Turnaround Reform on Student Achievement:  Evidence and Insights from the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice Initiative


February 12

Norbert Schady, Inter-American Development Bank

A Helping Hand? Teacher Quality and Learning Outcomes in Kindergarten


February 5

Alfredo Sosa, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education and Economics

Mathematics Course Taking in High School and Earnings


January 29

Andrew Litten, PhD candidate in Economics and Public Policy

Education Grants and State Fiscal Priorities: Evidence from the Recovery Act


January 22

Meredith Billings, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education

The Impact of an Early Academic Warning Policy on Community College Students


January 15

Julian Hsu, PhD candidate in Economics

Charter Schools on Post-Secondary Choices: Evidence from Admission Lotteries


Past Seminars - Fall 2013


February 19

Gaurav Khanna, PhD candidate in Economics

That's Affirmative: Incentivizing Standards or Standardizing Incentives


February 14 (Friday, 11:30-1pm)

Sue Dynarski and Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy

Does Raising Standards Raise Achievement: Early Impacts of Michigan’s College Prep High School Curriculum


December 11

Mark Wiederspan, PhD candidate in Postsecondary Education

The Impact of Federal Loan Access for North Carolina Community College Students


December 4

Sarah Turner, Department of Economics, University of Virginia

Out of Work and Into School: Labor Market Policies and College Enrollment During the Great Recession


November 20

Scott Carrell, Department of Economics, UCDavis

Increasing College Enrollment Through Fast Track Acceptances and Targeted Mentoring Programs


November 6

Dan Goldhaber, Center for Education and Data Research, University of Washington Bothell

Inconvenient truth? Do Collective Bargaining Agreements Help Explain the Inequitable Distribution of Teachers Within School Districts


October 30

Rachel Rosen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy

School Starting Age and Human Capital Accumulation: Evidence from Michigan


October 23

Jonathan Hershaff, PhD candidate in Economics

Choosing Delinquency? Financial Behaviors of Households with Student Loans


October 16

Daniel Kreisman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ford School of Public Policy

The Effect of Increased Funding on Budget Allocations and Student Outcomes: RD and IV Estimates from Texas's small district adjustment


October 9

Douglas Harris, Department of Economics, Tulane University

Is Traditional College Financial Aid Too Little, Too Late?  Evidence from a Randomized Trial of a Promise Scholarship


October 2

Thomas Geraghty, CNA Education

Evaluation of TERC's Using Data Professional Development Program


September 25

Sebastian Calónico, PhD candidate in Economics

Distributional Effects of Teachers and Peers in Early Grades


September 18

Rachel Rosen and Brian Jacob, Ford School of Public Policy

The Stages of Hiring: Evidence from Rich Data on Applicants, Interviewees, and New Teachers


September 11

Max Farrell, PhD candidate in Economics

Robust Inference on Average Treatment Effects with Possibly More Covariates than Observations


September 4

Paul Burkander, PhD candidate in Economics, Michigan State University

Returns to Reduced Class Size Revisited: Evidence from California's Quality Education Investment Act


Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2013


August 14

Long-Run Local Government Responses to School Finance Reform and Their Effects on Educational Attainment

Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy


August 7

Presenter: Breno Braga, Economics

Employer learning, statistical discrimination, and university prestige


July 31

Presenter: Emily House, Education

College mismatch in Michigan: Exploring the college experience of undermatched students


June 26 - 5th floor

Presenter: Julian Hsu & Andrew Litten, Economics

State loan programs on college attendance: An examination across states


June 19

Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy

Estimating the returns to online education


June 12

Presenter: Steve Hemelt & Rachel Rosen, Public Policy

School starting age, compulsory schooling, and the evolution of educational attainment: Evidence from Michigan


May 22

Presenter: Guan Saw, Michigan State University

The impact of school sanctions: A regression discontinuity study of being on a probationary school list


Past Seminars - Winter 2013


April 24

Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, Economics and Education

Certificates in Michigan: An overview


April 17

Presenter: Eric Bettinger, Stanford University

Teacher effectiveness and other musings on online learning


April 10

Presenter: Rob Garlick, Economics

How price sensitive is grade school enrollment? Evidence from nationwide tuition fee elimination in South Africa


April 3

Presenter: Lesley Turner, University of Maryland

Knowledge versus Ability


March 27

Presenter: Scott Imberman, Michigan State University

The effect of incentive award receipt on teacher teacher performance


March 20

Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy

ACT for all: The effect of mandatory college entrance exams on postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and choice


March 13

Presenter: Tim McKay, Physics

Informational meeting about Learning Analytics fellowships


February 27

Presenter: Julian Hsu, Economics

Ability learning in dynamic major selection: A preliminary look at Michigan undergraduates


February 20

Presenters: Monica Hernandez & Jon Hershaff, Economics and Public Policy

The role of grit and perseverance in educational attainment gaps


February 13

Presenters: Kevin Stange & Isaac McFarlin, Public Policy

Texas school infrastructure investments and student outcomes: A project overview


February 6

Presenter: Dan Kreisman, Public Policy

Returns to community college courses, certificates, and degrees: An analysis of five Michigan institutions


January 30

Presenter: Adam Sales, Statistics

A propensity score match with many more adjustment variables than observations: Evaluation of a math enrichment program via school-level matching


January 16

Presenter: Caroline Theoharides, Economics and Public Policy

The effect of international migration opportunities on origin-country educational attainment


Past Seminars - Fall 2012

December 12

Presenters: Kevin Stange & Steve Hemelt, Public Policy

The effect of marginal pricing on student progress at public universities


December 5

Presenter: Matthew Chingos, Brookings Institute

Measuring postsecondary student learning


November 28

Presenters: Randall Reback, Columbia University

Do schools’ health and mental health services affect students’ progress?


November 14

Presenter: Rachel Rosen, Public Policy

Evaluating the Michigan Promise Scholarship: Preliminary Findings


November 7

Presenter: Daniel Kreisman, Public Policy

Effects of increased school funding: Evidence from a discontinuity in Texas’s small district adjustment


October 31

Presenters: Professor David Harding & Jane Rochmes, Sociology

For-profit colleges and educational attainment


October 10

Presenter: Peter Dolton, University of Sussex

Making it count: Evidence from a controlled field experiment of the effect of assessment rules and study incentives on student effort and performance


October 3

Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy

College entrance exams, sample selection, and the distribution of student achievement


September 26

Presenter: Sean Reardon, Stanford University

Left (less far) behind? The effect of the No Child Left Behind legislation on academic achievement gaps


September 19

Presenter: MCER Team, Public Policy

Preliminary findings from MCER: A series of papers on a decade of education reform in Michigan


September 12

Presenter: Scott Imberman, Michigan State University

Does the market value value-added? Evidence from housing prices after public release of teacher value-added?


Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2012

August 15

Presenter: Dan Kreisman, Public Policy

Private philanthropy and public schools: Evidence from our nation’s past


August 8

Presenter: Rachel Rosen, Public Policy

Shortage field incentives: Impacts on teacher recruitment and retention


August 1

Presenter: Rob Garlick, Economics

Academic peer effects with different group assignments: Tracking versus random assignment


July 18

Presenter: Kevin Stange, Public Policy

The Effect of Differential Pricing on Major Choice


July 11

Presenter: Emily House, Education

College Mismatch in Michigan: Investigating the Postsecondary Enrollment Patterns of Highly Qualified High School Graduates


June 27

Presenter: Alfredo Sosa, Education

The Effect of Course Taking Behavior During High School on Academic Achievement and College Access and Choice


June 20

Presenter: Dr. Tim Bartik, Upjohn Institute

The Short-Term Effects of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on Student Outcomes


May 30

Presenter: Joanna Frye & Jeongeun Kim, Education

The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program on STEM Major Selection and Academic Progress


May 16

Presenter: Monica Hernandez, Economics and Public Policy

Childcare Programs and their Spillover Effects on Older Siblings


Past Seminars - Winter 2012

April 25

Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics

Gender and the STEM Trajectory: Evidence from the NLSY97


April 4

Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy

Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Entry


March 28

Presenter: Katharina Ley, Engineering

A Survival Model of Student Loan Defaults


March 21

Presenter: Professor Martin West, Harvard University

4pm, 1230 Weill Hall

Teachers vs. the Public? Mapping the Fault Lines in the Politics of American Education


March 14

Presenter: Nathaniel Schwartz, Education

Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed-Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota


March 7

Presenter: Professor Lars Lefgren, Brigham Young University

4pm, 1230 Weill Hall

Value-added with Multidimensional Teacher Ability


February 29

Presenter: Steve Hemelt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Policy

Childhood Educational Interventions: Experimental Evidence on Postsecondary Outcomes


February 15

Presenter: Dan Leeds, Economics

Admissions Policies and Standardized Testing: The Case for Extremes


February 8

Presenter: Adam Sales, Statistics

Choosing a Bandwidth for Regression-Discontinuity Designs: The Case of Academic Probation


February 1

Presenter: Professor Susan Dynarski, Economics, Ed, and Public Policy

Research Partnership with Michigan’s Community Colleges


January 18

Presenter: Mark White, Education

The Effect of Basal Readers on Instructional Practice


Past Seminars - Fall 2011

December 14

Presenter: Steve Hemelt, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ford School

Data Watch: Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Track Postsecondary Outcomes


December 7

Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy

ACT for All: The Impact of Mandatory College Entrance Exams on Postsecondary Enrollment, Choice and Student-College Mismatch


November 30

Presenter: Pamela Giustinelli, Institute for Social Research

Understanding Choice of High School Curriculum: Preferences, Expectations, and Interactions Inside and Outside the Family


November 16

Presenter: Professor David Figlio, Northwestern University

School Accountability, Standards, and Family Sorting


November 2

Presenter: Monica Hernandez, Economics and Public Policy

Early Childhood Programs and their Spillover Effects in Developing Countries


October 26

Presenter: Jonathan Hershaff, Economics

Cha cha cha! The Impact of a Mandatory In-School Ballroom Dance Program on Student Outcomes in NYC Public Schools.


October 12

Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy

The Supply of Alternative Schooling: Measures of Access in the U.S. from 1989 - 2007


Thursday, October 6

Presenter: Professor Kirabo Jackson, Northwestern University

4-5:30pm

Single-sex Schools, Student Achievement, and Course Selection: Evidence from Rule-Based Student Assignments in Trinidad and Tobago


September 28

Presenter: Professor Brian McCall, Economics, Education, and Public Policy

The Impact of High School Courses on College Outcomes


September 14

Presenter: Isaac McFarlin, Research Associate, Public Policy

On the Consequences of Public Subsidies in Higher Education: Evidence from Community College Taxing Districts


Past Seminars - Spring/Summer 2011

August 24

Presenter: Professor Kevin Stange, Economics and Public Policy

Eliminating Cross-Subsidies by Level and Program in Undergraduate Education


August 17

Presenter: Edie Ostapik, Economics and Public Policy

The Effect of State High School Legislation on Resources for College-Bound Students: 1970-2009


August 3

Presenter: Ophira Vishkin, Economics

Gender and the STEM Pipeline: Evidence from the NLSY97


July 20

CIERS Happy Hour at Dominick’s!


July 6

Presenter: Robin Jacob, Institute for Social Research

Online Learning in Michigan: Evidence from a Survey of High School Principals


June 22

Presenter: Susan Dynarski, Economics, Education, and Public Policy

Educational Attainment in Michigan: Facts, Gaps, and Implications for Policy


June 8

Presenter: Anna Kroth, Education

The Effect of Tuition Fees on College Access of Students of Low Social Class in Germany


May 25

Presenter: Elias Walsh, Economics and Public Policy

School Entry Policies and Learning: Test Score Effects on Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment, Maturity, and Time in School


Past Seminars - Winter 2011

April 27

Presenter: Nora Dillon, Economics

The Determinants and Effects of College Mismatch


April 20

Presenter: Emily House, Education

Student Support Services and Financial Incentives: Differential Impacts on Students’ Postsecondary Success


April 13

Presenter: Nate Schwartz, Education

Aligning Teacher Improvement Strategies: A Mixed Method Study of Teacher Reform in Minnesota


April 6

Presenter: Dan Leeds, Economics

A Structural Model of Optimal Effort in College Admissions Exams


March 30

Presenter: Katharina Ley, Financial and Operations Engineering

The Credits that Count: Credit and Risk in the Student Loan Market


March 23

Presenter: Joe Waddington, Education

The Educational Attainment of Urban Catholic High School Students in the 21st Century School Choice Market


March 16

Presenter: Sara Goldrick-Rab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Causal Impacts of Need-Based Financial Aid on College Outcomes: Evidence from an Experiment in Wisconsin


March 9

Presenter: Slesh Shrestha, Economics

Sibling and Peer Interaction in Education


March 2

Presenter: Francie Streich, Economics and Public Policy

Response to Market Threats: How Michigan Public Schools React to School Choice


February 9

Presenter: Joshua Hyman, Economics and Public Policy

ACT for All: The Impact of Mandatory College Entrance Exams on Postsecondary Enrollment, Choice and Student-College Mismatch


January 26

Presenter: Brad Hershbein, Economics

The Impact of Subsidized Birth Control for College Women: Evidence from the Deficit Reduction Act