Susan Dynarski

Professor, School of Education; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Susan  Dynarski, School of Education

Susan Dynarski is a professor of public policy, education and economics at the University of Michigan, where she holds appointments at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education, Department of Economics and Institute for Social Research and serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative. She is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. She is a nonresident senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Dynarski earned an AB in social studies from Harvard, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard, and a PhD in economics from MIT.

Dynarski has been a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Princeton University as well as an associate professor at Harvard University. She is an editor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, former editor of The Journal of Labor Economics and Education Finance and Policy, and is currently on the board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She has been elected to the boards of the Association for Public Policy and Management and the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and currently serves as president-elect at the Association for Education Finance and Policy. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awarded her the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research on student aid.

Dynarski’s research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment.
 

Dynarski teaches courses in the following program(s):
Higher Education
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Public Policy in Postsecondary Education
Research, Evaluation, and Assessment
Education and Statistics (Dual Degree)
Higher Education Public Policy

 

Selected Publications

"Tax Benefits for College Attendance." 2016. Education Policy Initiative working paper (March). Co-author: Judith Scott-Clayton.
 
"Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan." 2016. Education Policy Initiative working paper (January). Co-authors: Brian A. Jacob, Kenneth Frank, and Barbara Schneider.
 
“Stand and Deliver: Effects of Boston's Charter High Schools on College Preparation, Entry, and Choice.” Forthcoming. Journal of Labor Economics. Co-authors: Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Parag Pathak and Chris Walters. 
 
“The Missing Manual: Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Track Postsecondary Outcomes.” 2015. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Co-authors: Steve Hemelt and Joshua Hyman.
 
“Labor Market Returns to Community College Awards: Evidence From Michigan.” 2015. CAPSEE working paper (April). Co-authors: Peter Riley Bahr, Brian Jacob, Daniel Kreisman, Alfredo Sosa and Mark Wiederspan. 
 
“An Economist's Perspective on Student Loans in the United States.” 2014. Brookings Institution working paper. 
 
“Building Better Longitudinal Surveys (on the cheap) Through Links to Administrative Data.” 2014. Prepared for National Academy of Education. 
 
"Charter Schools and the Road to College Readiness: The Effects on College Preparation, Attendance and Choice." 2013. Boston Foundation research report. Co-authors: Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Parag Pathak and Chris Walters. 
 
“Financial Aid Policy: Lessons from Research.” 2013 Future of Children (May). Co-author: Judith Scott-Clayton.
 
“Simplifying Tax Incentives and Aid for College: Progress and Prospects.” 2013. Tax Policy and the Economy. Co-authors: Judith Scott-Clayton and Mark Wiederspan. 
 
“Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion.” 2013. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32:4, pp. 692-717. Co-authors: Joshua Hyman and Diane Schanzenbach. Lead article. Winner of the 2013 Vernon Prize for best article in JPAM.
 

Affiliations

Research Affiliations

Grants


7/1/2011 - 7/1/2016 Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education and Employment
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

3/1/2012 - 2/28/2015 Why are Some Charter Schools More Effective than Others? Econometric Methods and Empirical Evidence from Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

3/1/2010 - 12/31/2014 The Impact of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and Promise Scholarship
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

3/1/2011 - 3/1/2013 Effectiveness of Michigan Charter Schools
Granting Agency: Smith-Richardson Foundation, Institute of Educational Sciences

3/1/2011 - 2/29/2012 Post-Doctoral Training Program in Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods for Education Research
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education

1/1/2011 - 9/1/2011 Interdisciplinary Workshop on Causal Inference in Education Research
Granting Agency: Rackham Graduate School

2/1/2008 - 1/1/2011 New Evidence on the Relationship between Private Schooling and Academic Outcomes
Granting Agency: Institute of Education Sciences

2/1/2010 - 1/9/2010 State Need-Based Grant Study
Granting Agency: The College Board

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2009 The Uses of Administrative Data for Education Research
Granting Agency: Atlantic Philanthropies/Ford Foundation

2/1/2007 - 1/1/2009 Evaluation of Charter and Magnet Schools in Boston
Granting Agency: Massachusetts Department of Education


Courses & Syllabi


Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2011 EDUC 820. Causal Inference in Education Research EDUC 820. Causal Inference in Education Research

Fall 2011 EDUC 794. Quantitative Methods for Causal Analysis in Education EDUC 794. Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation: Focus on Education

Contact

Room 5132 Weill Hall
734.615.5113 dynarski@umich.edu

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