1″The Sins of the Parents: Persistence of gender bias across generations and the gender gap in math”
Assistant Professor of Economics and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Friday, October 5th, 2018
Alex Eble is Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Alex’s research focuses on the economics of education in developing countries, with a specific interest in understanding how imperfect information affects the formation of human capital. In a series of papers, he studies how early human capital investment decisions can be negatively affected by misinformation about one’s own ability stemming from exposure to gender bias. Alex also has ongoing research projects in China, India, Gambia, and Guinea Bissau evaluating education policy options in these countries. He earned his PhD in economics from Brown University, his MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his BA in Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures from Indiana University, Bloomington. He can speak and read Mandarin Chinese.
“Selection into Identification in Fixed Effects Models, with Application to Head Start”
Assistant Professor of Economics
Friday, October 19th, 2018
Na’ama Shenhav is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Her research focuses on the role of policy incentives during childhood on long-run outcomes, as well as issues related to gender and inequality. Her recent work studies the education incentives of DACA; the external validity of fixed effects methods, and implications for Head Start estimates; and the impact of women’s suffrage laws.
“Educational Marketplaces, Race, & Opportunity Hoarding”
Professor of African American Studies & Sociology
University of Illinois at Chicago
Monday, June 4th, 2018
Amanda E. Lewis is the Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and on how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life. She has published several award winning books including (with co-author John Diamond) Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford University Press) and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the color-line in classrooms and communities (Rutgers University Press ). Her research has appeared in a number of academic venues including Sociological Theory, American Educational Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Race and Society, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly, The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and The Du Bois Review. She lectures and consults regularly on issues of educational equity and contemporary forms of racism.
“Do Human Capital Decisions Respond to the Returns to Education? Evidence from DACA”
Assistant Professor of Economics
Southern Methodist University
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 – 2:00PM
Elira Kuka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University, as well as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Affiliate at IZA – Institute of Labor Economics. Prior to joining SMU in 2015, she received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Elira’s research interests are centered around understanding how government policies affect individual behavior and family wellbeing, to what extent they provide social insurance, and how effectively they alleviate poverty and inequality. Specifically, her current work focuses on analyzing: i) the potential benefits of U.S. safety net programs, which include Unemployment Insurance (UI), Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI); ii) policies that affect academic achievement and reduce socioeconomics gaps; and iii) the protective power of the U.S. safety net during recessions.
“On the Move: Assessing the Immediate Impacts of School and Residential Mobility on Student Achievement”
IPR Postdoctoral Fellow
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
12:00 – 1:00PM
Marshall Jean joined IPR in the summer of 2016 after receiving his PhD in Sociology and Certificate of Education Sciences from the University of Chicago. A native of Louisiana, he has taught in a public high school in France as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on education policy and statistics. He specializes in large-scale quantitative analysis. His recent research includes the study of how student mobility affects learning growth rates, the use of surveys of student perceptions in evaluating classroom environments, the effects of homogenous ability grouping and tracking on academic engagement and learning behaviors, and the interpretation of value-added test scores.