Education Seminar Series
The New York Federal Reserve Bank, in cooperation with New York University, organizes an education seminar series. The seminar organizers are Rajashri Chakrabarti and Wilbert van der Klaauw from the NY Fed and Amy Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel from NYU. These seminars are aimed at bringing together academic researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss current ideas, concerns and findings relating to educational policies and practices. The genesis of the series is based on Alan Greenspan's emphasis (that has been continued by Ben Bernanke) on the important role of K-12 education in achieving and sustaining productivity growth and human capital accumulation. The workshop is part of the Bank’s K-12 education initiative and regional outreach efforts.
Fall 2020 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Oct 15

Sara Goldrick-Rab
Hope Center for College, Community and Justice (Founder) & Temple U
Oct 22
Sean Reardon
Nov 5
Dominique Baker
Southern Methodist
Dec 2
Amalia Miller
Spring 2020 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Mar 12

Kevin Stange
University of Michigan
Apr 2
Flavio Cunha
Rice University
Apr 23
Carly Urban
Montana State University
May 21
Lesley Turner
Vanderbilt University
May 28
David Deming
Harvard University
Jun 4
Ankit Kalda
Indiana University
Second Chance: Life Without Student Debt
Fall 2019 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Sep 26

Alex Eble
Columbia University
How Important are Beliefs about Gender Differences in Math Ability?
Oct 10
Rucker Johnson
University of California, Berkeley
Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works
Oct 24
Damon Clark
University of California, Irvine
What Do Families Want from Schools? Evidence from Real Choices and a Survey of Choosers CANCELLED
Oct 31
Eric Bettinger
Stanford University
Are the Effects of Informational Interventions Driven by Salience?
Nov 21
Susanna Loeb
Brown University
When Behavioral Barriers are too High or Low – How Timing Matters for Parenting Interventions
Spring 2019 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Mar 7

Judy Scott-Clayton
Columbia University
The Causal Effect of Job Displacement on College Enrollment: Evidence from Ohio
Apr 18
Nolan Pope
University of Maryland
Timing is Everything: Evidence from College Major Decisions
May 23
Jack Mountjoy
Princeton University and University of Chicago
The Returns to College(s): Estimating Value-Added and Match Effects in Higher Education
May 30
Tatiana Homonoff
New York University
Does Knowing Your FICO Score Change Financial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment with Student Loan Borrowers
June 6
Jordan Matsudaira
Columbia University
Not So Simple? Financial Aid Simplification and the Impact of Pell Grants on College Enrollment
Fall 2018 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Sep 13

Adam Looney
Brookings Institution
The Consequences of Student Loan Credit Expansions: Evidence from Three Decades of Default Cycles
Sep 27
Carrie Conaway
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Teacher Preparation and Licensure Research in Massachusetts
Nov 1
Maxim Pinkovskiy
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Affordable Care Act and the Market for Higher Education
Nov 29
Barbara Biasi
Princeton University
The Labor Market for Teachers Under Different Pay Schemes
Dec 13
Adam Isen
U.S. Department of Treasury
Parental Resources and College Attendance: Evidence from Lottery Wins
Spring 2018 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Mar 8


Barbara Biasi
Princeton University
The Labor Market for Teachers Under Different Pay Schemes
Mar 29
Sarah Peterson
Sarah Jonas
The Big Idea: Cracking the Code on Chronic Absence
Apr 26
Mike Gilraine
New York University
Education Reform in General Equilibrium: Evidence from California’s Class Size Reduction
May 17
Phil Oreopolous
Univ. of Toronto
The Remarkable Unresponsiveness to Nudging College Students: Evidence from 10 experiments over 4 years
June 14
Michal Kurlaender
UC Davis
My Professor Cares: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Faculty Engagement
Fall 2017 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Sep 28

Lindsay Page
U of Pittsburgh
More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment
Oct 12
Jonathan Smith
Georgia State University
Retaking College Entrance Exam
Oct 26
Laura Perna
Free college: A promising approach for improving higher education?
Dec 13
Leanna Stiefel
Overview of policies and impact of services for students with disabilities
Spring 2017 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)

Mar 9

Ludger Woessmann
Preferences for Tuition and the Role of Information
Mar 30
Eric Taylor
Harvard GSE
Skills, Job Tasks, And Productivity in Teaching: Evidence from a Randomized Trial 
Apr 27
Rajeev Darolia
U Missouri
Information Use in College Loan Decisions
June 1
Katharine Strunk
University of Southern California
Effects of teacher evaluation and tenure policies on teacher retention
June 8
Stephanie Cellini
George Washington University
Gainfully Employed? Assessing the Employment and Earnings of For-profit College Students Using Administrative Data
June 15
Greg Duncan
UC Irvine
Early Childhood Education: What Works and What Doesn't
Fall  2016 Schedule

Sept 22

Sarah Cohodes
TC, Columbia
Can Successful Programs Replicate? Scaling Up Boston's Charter School Sector
Oct 6
Kelly Bedard
UC Santa Barbara
Competition and Ability: Evidence from a Classroom Field Experiment
Oct 27
Parag Pathak
The Welfare Effects of Coordinated Assignment: Evidence from the New York City High School Match
Nov 17
Peter Hinrichs
Cleveland Fed
Affirmative Action and Racial Segregation
Dec 15
Damon Clark
UC Irvine
The Return to Schooling Among High School Dropouts

Spring 2016 Schedule

Feb 11

Ben Castleman
Knowing When And Who To Nudge in Education: Evidence from Text Messaging Experiments
Mar 10
Nora Gordon
Medicaid, Special Education and Access to Services 
Mar 31
Jim Kemple
Research Alliance & NYU
High School Closures in New York City: Impact on Students' Academic Outcomes, Attendance, and Mobility
Apr 21
Sonali Murarka
NYC Department of Education
Under the Hood: Analysis from NYCDOE Enrollment Research
May 19
Phil Levine

Early Childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons from Sesame Street

Jun 2
David Figlio

Culture and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital

Fall 2015 Schedule

Sept 17

John Tyler
Brown University
Learning Job Skills from Colleagues at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment Using Teacher Performance Data
Oct 1
Cory Koedel
University of Missouri
Pension Enhancements and the Retention of Public Employees
Oct 15
Christopher Walters
Leveraging Lotteries for School Value-Added
Nov 5
Cristian (Kiki) Pop-Eleches
Columbia University

Interactions between Family and School Environments: Evidence on Dynamic Complementarities?

Nov 12
Richard Mansfield
Cornell University
Task-Specific Experience and Task-Specific Talent: Decomposing the Productivity of High School Teachers
Dec 3
Michelle Paladino
New York City Department of Education
From the Inside Out: Data and Research on NYC public schools
Spring 2015 Schedule
Feb 19 (Thursday) Mark Hoekstra
Texas A&M University
The Long Run Effects of Disruptive Peers
March 5 (Thursday) Jon Guryan
Northwestern University
Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Youth
April 9 (Thursday) Jonah Rockoff
Columbia University
Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools
May 14 (Thursday) Julie Cullen
University of California at San Diego

Local Fiscal Incentives and Supplemental Security Income Child Caseloads

June 11 (Thursday) Sean Corcoran
New York University
Teacher Effects on Student Achievement and Height: A Cautionary Tale
June 18 (Thursday) Matt Kraft
Brown University
Teaching for Tomorrow's Economy? Elementary Teacher Effects on Complex Tasks, Grit, and Growth Mindset
Fall 2014 Schedule
Sept 18 Seth Zimmerman
Princeton University and University of Chicago Booth
Making Top Managers: The Role of Elite Universities and Elite Peers
Oct 9 Dylan Conger
George Washington University
The Impact of Tuition Increases on Undocumented College Students' Attainment
Oct 24 Josh Angrist
Charters Without Lotteries: Testing Takeovers in Boston and New Orleans
Nov 6 Liz Cascio
Dartmouth College

The Challenges of Expanding Preschool Access

Dec 11 Kevin Stange
University of Michigan
Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement
Spring 2014 Schedule
Jan 29 Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Northwestern University
Long-run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net PDF
Feb 6 Sean Reardon
Stanford University
Inequality, Segregation, and Racial Academic Achievement Gaps
Feb 20 Sarah Turner
University of Virginia
Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students PDF
March 6 Tom Kane
Harvard University
Have We Identified
Effective Teachers?
Validating Measures of Effective Teaching
Using Random Assignment
April 3 Kirabo Jackson
Northwestern University
Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality:
Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina
April 24 Lisa Barrow
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
The Signaling, Screening, and Human Capital Effects of National Board Certification: Evidence from Chicago High Schools
May 8 Ofer Malamud
University of Chicago
The Effect of College Education on Mortality PDF
May 22 Charlie Clotfelter
Duke University
Colleges and Their Customers: The Market for Baccalaureate Education in the Age of Merit and Disparity PDF
June 5 Mike Lovenheim
Cornell University
How Does Access to Health Care Affect Health and Education? Evidence from School-based Health Center Openings
June 12 Lesley Turner
University of Maryland
Borrowing Trouble? Student Loans, the Cost of Borrowing, and Implications for the Effectiveness of Need-Based Grant Aid PDF
Fall 2013 Schedule
Sept 19 Scott Imberman
Michigan StateUniversity
Incentive Strength and Teacher Productivity: Evidence from a Group-Based Teacher Incentive Pay System PDF
Oct 3 Henry Levin
Columbia University
Cost-Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention PDF
Oct 17 Bruce Sacerdote
Dartmouth College
Late Interventions Matter Too: The Case of College Coaching in New Hampshire PDF
Oct 24 Holger Sieg
University of Pennsylvania
The U.S. Markets for Higher Education:  A General Equilibrium Analysis of State and Private Colleges and Public Funding Policies PDF
Nov 21 Will Dobbie
Princeton University

The Medium-Term Impacts of High-Achieving Charter Schools on Non-Test Score Outcomes. PDF

Dec 5 Jesse Rothstein
University of California at Berkeley
Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters PDF
Dec 19 Raji Chakrabarti
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Impact of Accountability Threats under No Child Left Behind: The Role of Stigma versus Sanctions
Spring 2013 Schedule
Feb 21 Joshua Goodman
Harvard University
The Impact of College Quality on College Completion Rates PDF
March 7 Bruce Sacerdote
Dartmouth College
Late Interventions Matter Too: The Case of College Coaching in New HampshirePDF
March 21 John Papay
Brown University
Missed Opportunities in the Labor Market or Temporary Disruptions? PDF
April 11 Andrew Reschovsky
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Will the Property Tax Continue to Play a Central Role in the Funding of Public Education? PDF
May 2 Dennis Epple
Carnegie Mellon University
Admitting Students to Selective Education Programs: Merit, Profiling, and Affirmative Action PDF
May 23 Sara Goldrick-Rab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Need-Based Financial Aid and College Persistence: Experimental Evidence PDF
June 13 Paco Martorell
Can Incentives be Used to Change Educational Inputs?
Fall 2012 Schedule
Sept 6 James H. Shelton III
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education Initiatives
Oct 4 Joanna Cannon
Executive Director, Office of Research and Data, NYC Department of Education
Policy Research in and for the NYC Department of Education
Oct 11 James Kemple
New York University
Building "On-Track" Indicators for High School Graduation and College Readiness: Evidence from NYC PDF
Oct 18 Hugh Macartney
Duke University
The Dynamic Effects of Educational Accountability PDF
Oct 25 Marcus Winters
Manhattan Institute & University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Do Accountability Sanctions Lead to Sustained School Improvements? Evidence from NYC
Nov 26 Shael Polakow-Suransky
Education Seminar Luncheon with NYC Schools Chief Academic Officer video
Nov 29 Ron Ehrenberg
Cornell University
Is the Golden Age of the Private Universities Over?
Dec 20 Sandy Black
University of Texas at Austin
Can You Leave High School Behind
Spring 2012 Schedule
Jan 19 Frederick Hess
American Enterprise Institute
Education Unbound: The Promise and Practice of Greenfield Schooling
Feb 2 Jacob Vigdor
Duke University
The Aftermath of Accelerating Algebra
March 8 Julian Betts
UC San Diego
High School Exit Exams and policies that might boost student success in these exams and Technical Appendices
April 26 Justine Hastings
Brown University
"The returns to college selectivity and field of study: causal evidence from Chile" (with Christopher Nielson and Seth Zimmerman)
May 16 Cecilia Rouse
Princeton University
Paying for Performance: The Education Impacts of a Community College Scholarship Program for Low-income Adults
June 7

David Mustard
University of Georgia

Non-cognitive skills and Gender Disparities in Test Scores and Teacher Assessments pdf
June 21 Martin West
Harvard University
Effects of Grade Retention on Student Outcomes Over Time pdf
June 28 Brian Jacob
University of Michigan
The Consumption Value of Education: Implications for the Postsecondary Market pdf
Fall 2011 Schedule
Sept 8 David Deming
Harvard University
School Choice, School productivity and Post-Secondary Attainment
Sept 22 Julie Marsh, Dan McCaffrey
Rand and University of Southern California
A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses
Sept 30 Special Education Seminar Luncheon with NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott video
Oct 6 Tom Dee
University of Virginia
Social Identity and Achievement Gaps: Evidence from an Affirmation Intervention
Oct 13 Jennifer Jennings
New York University
Measure for Measure: Quantifying Racial Inequality in an Age of Educational Accountability
Oct 27 Eric Bettinger
Stanford University
Effect of Student Coaching on Retention and Completion
Nov 17 Derek Neal
University of Chicago
Pay for Percentile
Dec 15 Dick Murnane
Harvard University
U.S High School Graduation Rates: Patterns and Explanations
Spring / Summer 2011 Schedule
Jan 20 Cynthia Miller
Early Education Results from the Opportunity NYC --Family Rewards Program
March 10 Anna Maria Lusardi
GWU and Dartmouth
Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in the United States
April 14 Raji Chakrabarti
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Intended and Unintended Effects of No Child Left Behind
May 12 Amy Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel & Matt Wiswall
New York University
Do Small Schools Improve Performance in Large, Urban Districts? Causal Evidence from New York City
June 2 Tom Downes
Tufts University
School Finance and Property Values
June 16 Jens Ludwig
University of Chicago
Does Social-Cognitive Skill Development Intervention Affect Schooling Outcomes and Criminal Behavior?
June 30

Rob Meyer
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Using Value Added Models to Compute Teacher Effects: Evidence from NYC
July 21 Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger
New York City Department of Education
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