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Visiting Scholars

On the third Friday of each month of the academic year, the program brings a distinguished scholar in the economics of education for two-day visit to MSU. While on campus, the scholar makes a colloquium presentation open to the entire campus community. These presentations are typically from 1:30-3:00 PM in 252 Erickson Hall. The scholar also meets with smaller groups of core program faculty and students, providing opportunities to explore substantive and methodological issues in greater depth. During each visit, the scholar also has a session to which only doctoral students in the training program are invited. These "students-only" sessions give the students opportunities to hear about how each scholar's career has developed and to ask questions about their own career trajectories.       

2015-2016 Visiting Scholars
Presentation Title

September 18, 2015

Jim Wycoff**
University of Virginia

Teacher Turnover, Teacher Quality and Student Achievement in DCPS

October 16, 2015

M. Najeeb Shafiq University of Pittsburgh
The Social Benefit of Education in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia

December 4, 2015

David Deming
Harvard University
The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market
February 19, 2016

Katharine Strunk


Innovation and a Return to the Status Quo: A Mixed-Methods Study of School Reconstitution

March 4, 2016

Steven Rivkin*** Univeristy of Chicago, Illinois
Decentralized Governance and the Quality of School Leadership

April 15, 2016

Amy Ellen Schwartz
Syracuse University and NYU
Let them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Achievement

**Please note: Talk will be in 224 Erickson Hall

*** Please note: Talk will be in the Koo Room in the Economics Building (Marshall-Adams Hall)

2014-2015 Visiting Scholars
Presentation Title

September 19, 2014

Karthik Muralidharan
University of California, San Diego

The Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence from a two-stage experiment in India

October 17, 2014

Jonathan Smith The College Board

The Causal Effect of Receiving College Credit in High School on Collegiate Outcomes

November 21, 2014

Susan Dynarski
University of Michigan
Long-Term Impacts of Massachusetts Charter Schools and Initial Findings from the Michigan Charter School Survey
February 20, 2015

Kevin Stange**

University of Michigan

Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement

March 20, 2015

Dan Goldhaber American Institutes for Research
Screen Twice, Cut Once: Assessing the Predictive Validity of Teacher Selection Tools

May 1, 2015

Elizabeth Cascio
Dartmouth College


  ** Please note Dr. Stange's Talk will be held in room S107 South Kedzie Hall.


2013-2014 Visiting Scholars
Presentation Title

September 20, 2013

Petra Todd
University of Pennsylvania
Estimating a Coordination Game in the Classroom: Understanding the Low Mathematics Performance of Mexican High School Students.

October 18, 2013

Stephanie Cellini
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University

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

November 8, 2013

Henry Levin
Teachers' College, Columbia University
Cost-Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention.
February 21, 2014

Jonah Rockoff

** Talk will be from 1:00-2:30 pm in 252 Erickson

Columbia University
Rule and Discretion in the Evaluation of Students and Schools: The Case of the New York Regents Examinations

March 21, 2014


University of Maryland
Student Loans, the Cost of Borrowing, and Implications for the Effectiveness of Need-Based Grant Aid

April 18, 2014

Michael Lovenheim
Cornell University

How Does Access to Health Care Affect Health and Education? Evidence from School-based Health Center Openings


2012-2013 Visiting Scholars


Presentation Title

September 21, 2012

Bruce Sacerdote
Dartmouth College

Late interventions matter too: The case of college coaching in New Hampshire.

October 19, 2012*


Bridget Terry Long
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Looking Beyond Enrollment: The Casual Effect of Need-based Grants on College Access, Persistence, and Graduation.

November 16, 2012

Joe Altonji

Yale University
Estimating Family, School and Neighborhood Effects on Education and Wages in the Presence of Sorting.
December 14, 2012

Sunny Ladd


12:30-2:00 pm in B117 Wells Hall


Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
The Aftermath of Accelerating Algebra: Evidence from a District Policy Initiative.

January 18, 2013

Kirabo Jackson

Northwestern University

Non-Cognitive Ability, Test Scores, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from 9th Grade Teachers in North Carolina.

February 15, 2013

Doug Staiger

Dartmouth College

Have We Identfied Effective Teacher? Validating Measures of Effective Teaching Using Random Assignment.

March 19, 2013**

Caroline Hoxby
Stanford University

Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students.

April 19, 2013

Jacob Vigdor
Duke Sanford School of Public Policy
The Impact of No Child Left Behind's Accountability Sactions on School Performance: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from North Carolina

              *October colloquium will be from 12:30-2:00 pm in room 252 Erickson Hall.

               **March colloquium will occur on the third Tuesday of the month, instead of Friday.

2011-2012 Visiting Scholars


Presentation Title

September 2011

Richard Murnane
Harvard Graduate School of Education
U.S. High School Graduation Rates: Trends and Explanations

October 2011


Sean Corcoran
New York University

Teacher Effectiveness on High- and Low-Stakes Tests

November 2011


Jesse Rothstein

University of California-Berkeley
Permanent Income and the Black-White Test Score Gap
December 2011

January 2012


J.R. Lockwood


Reducing Bias in Observational Analysis of Education Data by Accounting for Test Measurement Error

February 2012


Miguel Urquiola

Columbia University, NBER

Going to a Better School: Effects and Behavioral Responses

March 2012


Susanna Loeb
Stanford University

How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement

April 2012


Cecilia Rouse
Princeton University



2010-11 Visiting Scholars


Presentation Title
September 2010
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Northwestern University
How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR
October 2010
Ron Ehrenberg
Cornell University

Education Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities

November 2010

Sandy Baum

NOTE: Noon-1:30 PM

Professor Emerita, Skidmore College
Financial and Non-financial Barriers to College Participation and Success
December 2010
Jonathan Guryan
Northwestern University
Black-white Convergence in Achievement, Educational Attainment and Earnings: The Role of Birth Cohort and Infant Health
January 2011

Thomas Dee

NOTE: Noon-1:30 PM

University of Virginia and NBER
Conditional Cash Penalties in Education: Evidence from the Learnfare Experiment
February 2011

Douglas Harris

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Inside Rothstein's Black Box: Academic Tracking of Middle School Students and Teachers and Implications for Value-Added Analysis
March 2011
Nora Gordon
Georgetown University and NBER
Do Public Agencies Learn from the Experiences of Others? Evidence from Contracting out Comprehensive School Reform
April 2011

Sandy Black

NOTE: Koo Room, Marshall-Adams Hall

University of Texas
Under Pressure? The Effect of Peers on Outcomes of Young Adults


2009-10 Visiting Scholars

Presentation Title
September 2009
Dennis Epple
Carnegie Mellon University
Estimation of Causal Effects in Experiments with Multiple Sources of Noncompliance: The Case of Magnet Programs
October 2009
Eric Bettinger
Stanford University

The Role of Simplification and Information in College Decisions: Results from the H&R Block FAFSA Experiment

November 2009

Joshua Cowen

University of Kentucky
School Vouchers, Student Mobility, and Educational Outcomes: Evaluating the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, 2006-2011
December 2009
Brian Jacob
University of Michigan
The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement
January 2010
David Figlio
Northwestern University
Competitive Effects of Means-Tested School Vouchers
February 2010
Jeff Smith
University of Michigan
On College Mismatch
March 2010
Peter Dolton
University of London
Cross Country Analysis of Teacher Pay and Pupil Performance




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