I am an
Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. My research interests are
education, public finance and health.
I am an Assistant Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. My research interests are education, public finance and health.
Parent-Child Information Frictions and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Investment (New Draft)
This paper uses a field experiment to answer how information frictions between parents
and their children affect the inputs to human capital formation and how much reducing
these frictions can improve student achievement. I model the interaction between
parents and their child as a persuasion game with monitoring and incentives. I
show that parents have upwardly-biased beliefs about their child's effort, which
is associated with lower performance. In Los Angeles, a random sample of parents
was provided detailed information about their child's academic progress. More
information allows parents to induce more effort
from their children, which translates into significant gains in achievement.
However, additional information also changes parents' beliefs about their
child's effort, which spurs further parental monitoring. Relative to other
interventions, additional information to parents potentially produces
gains in achievement at a low cost.
Research in Progress
The Impact of High-Performing Schools on Risky Health Behaviors Among Low-Income Adolescents: Evidence from Randomized Lotteries
(forthingcoming, Pediatrics. with Mitchell Wong, Karen Coller, Rebecca Dudovitz, David Kennedy, Richard Buddin, Martin Shapiro,
Sheryl Kataoka, Arleen Brown, Chi Hong Tseng, and Paul Chung)
Peer Effects, Educational Attainment and School Desegregation: Evidence from Randomized Lotteries
This paper studies peer effects and the long-run impact of a court-ordered
desegregation ruling on education outcomes. This ruling mandates that
seven school districts, which serve higher-income, predominantly-white
families, accept a fixed number of minority elementary school students
each year who apply to transfer from a nearby, predominantly minority
school district. The fixed number of slots are allocated to families
via lottery. The offer to transfer increases the number of students
who enroll in college by seven percentage points. This result is
driven by greater attendance to two-year and public colleges,
though there are heterogeneous effects overall. A secondary
analysis provides suggestive evidence that peer enrollment matters.
Increases in the share of Black or Hispanic students who receive
an offer to transfer impacts the likelihood of college attendance
among other students who receive the same offer.
The Impact of Tax Credit and Financial Aid Information on College Outcomes: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment (with Day Manoli, Jeff Denning, and Nick Turner)
Does Information on School Quality Impact Residential Choice? Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Matt Hill and Heather Schwartz)
Nudges and Persistence: Evidence from a Field Experiment to Engage Parents
Engaging Parents as a Means to Address Educational and Health Behavioral Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Rebecca Dudovitz and Mitchell Wong)
The Effects of Making Performance Information Public: Evidence from Los Angeles Teachers and a Regression Discontinuity Design (with Matt Hill)