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The accumulation of human capital is a key determinant of economic growth, productivity, welfare, and inequality. Formal education, from pre-K through graduate education, is a central channel through which this accumulation occurs and the most direct target for public policy. Our faculty and students apply the analytic tools of economics to understand the education sector, drawing on models and methods from labor, public, and industrial organization, among others. We examine the incentives and behavior of the supply (schools and colleges) and investment (students) sides of the market for education, as well as policies that impact both.

Primary Appointment within the
Economics Department


Primary Appointment outside the
Economics Department

School of Education & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Ford School of Public Policy & Department of Economics (courtesy)

Kevin Stange

Ford School of Public Policy, Institute for Social Research, & School of Education

Recent Graduate Student Placement Locations

Amherst College

College Board

American Institutes for Research

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Mathematica Policy Research


U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

United States Census Bureau


Vanderbilt University

World Bank

Selected Recent Publications