B.A., University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign); M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
Professor of Economics
Research in the economics of education, applied econometrics, impact evaluation, and Latin American education and social policy.
My research helps to improve education and social policy in developing countries, especially in Latin America. I am especially interested in rigorously identifying the causal impact of such policies on the schooling, health, and economic outcomes of children and their families. Among many topics, I have explored the impact of conditional cash transfers and rural school reform in Honduras, of youth orquestras in Venezuela, and of private school vouchers and free school meals in Chile. This work has received financial support from the the Inter-American Development Bank, the RAND Corporation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It has been published in several books and many journals, including the American Economic Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Public Economics.
At Wellesley, I enjoy teaching courses in introductory microeconomics, econometrics, Latin American development, and the economics of education. I regularly advise honors thesis work and have co-authored several journal articles with students, often on a topic of special interest to us: the economics of Wellesley College.