Job Market Paper

  • The Complementarity of Incentive Policies in Education: Evidence from New York City 

    Abstract: Many production activities require cooperation between agents in an organization, and incentive alignment may take advantage of complementarities in such activities. This paper investigates such a possibility by examining two education policies that were implemented in New York City: a grade retention policy that incentivizes students and an accountability scheme that incentivizes schools. I employ double- and triple-difference strategies to estimate the individual and combined effects of these policies. The policies alone appear to have generated either modest or insignificant improvements in student outcomes. Combined, however, the retention and accountability policies led to a substantial increase in math test scores and reductions in student absences and suspension rates; the effect on English test scores is positive but not robust. These results underscore the value of using incentive alignment to realize complementarities in organizations.

Working Papers

  • Does Repeating a Grade Make Students (and Parents) Happier? Regression Discontinuity Evidence from New York City (with Jonah Rockoff) Abstract

Work In Progress

  • Extrapolation of Treatment Effects in Multidimensional Regression Discontinuity Designs  
    (with Miikka Rokkanen)