Publications

Class Rank and Long Run Outcomes Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming, (with Richard Murphy and Felix Weinhardt)

Coverage: Inside Higher Ed

Why Have College Completion Rates Increased? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Forthcoming, Data Appendix, Pre-publication version (with Eric Eide, Kevin Mumford, Rich Patterson, and Merrill Warnick*)

Coverage: The Atlantic, Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Next

The Returns to Hours Within and Across Occupations: Implications for the Gender Wage Gap, ILR Review, Forthcoming, Pre-publication version (with Brian Jacob, Lars Lefgren, and Christian vom Lehn) Online Appendix

Coverage: New York Times Opinion

Maxed Out? The Effect of Larger Student Loan Limits on Borrowing and Education Outcomes, Journal of Human Resources, Fall 2021, Pre-publication version (with Todd R. Jones)

Nudging at Scale: Experimental Evidence from FAFSA Completion Campaigns, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, March 2021, Pre-publication version (with Kelli Bird, Benjamin Castleman, Joshua Goodman, Cait Lamberton, and Kelly Rosinger) Online Appendix

Coverage: Inside Higher Ed

Born Under a Lucky Star: Financial Aid, College Completion, Labor Supply, and Credit Constraints Journal of Human Resources, 2019, Volume 54, Number 3. Pre-publication version Online Appendix.

ProPelled: The Effects of Grants on Graduation, Earnings, and Welfare American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2019, Volume 11, Number 3. Online Appendix. Pre-publication version (with Benjamin M. Marx and Lesley J. Turner)

Coverage: New York Times, Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics Blog, KUER NPR Utah, MarketWatch, Higher Education Today, Inside Higher Education

Is Information Enough? The Effect of Information about Education Tax Benefits on Student Outcomes Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2019, Volume 38, Number 3. Pre-publication version Online Appendix. (with Peter Bergman and Dayanand Manoli)

Coverage: New York Times

College on the Cheap: Consequences of Community College Tuition Reductions American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017, Volume 9, Number 2. Pre-publication version Online Appendix.

Coverage: Washington Post, Diverse Education, AEA: Research Highlights, Diverse Education

Was that SMART? Institutional Financial Incentives and Field of Study Journal of Human Resources, 2017, Volume 52, Number 1. Pre-publication version. (with Patrick Turley).

Working Papers

Winners and Losers? The Effect of Gaining and Losing Access to Selective Colleges on Education and Labor Market Outcomes Revisions Resubmitted, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, available as NBER Working Paper 26821 (with Sandra Black and Jesse Rothstein)

Coverage: This American Life, The Weeds Podcast, Inside Higher Ed,

Taking It to the Limit: Effects of Increased Student Loan Availability on Attainment, Earnings, and Financial Well-Being Online Appendices available as NBER Working Paper 27658 (with Sandra Black, Lisa Dettling, Sarena Goodman, and Lesley Turner), Under Review

Coverage: New York Times DealBook

Decreasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree In the United States available as EdWorkingPapers 20-219 (with Eric Eide, Kevin Mumford, and Daniel Sabey*), Under Review

Coverage: Brookings Hutchins Roundup

Welfare Effects of Changes in College Pricing (with Benjamin M. Marx and Lesley J. Turner)

Works in Progress

The Credit Consequence of College Attendance (with Sandra Black, Robert Fairlie, and Oded Gurantz)

Irrationality and Student Loans (with Lesley Turner)

PLUS or Minus? The Effect of Graduate PLUS Student Loans on Access, Program Prices, Student Debt, and Labor Market Outcomes (with Sandra Black and Lesley Turner)


Graduate For-Profit Colleges and Student Loans (with Michael Dinerstein and Lesley J. Turner)


The Effects of a DUI on Education, Earnings, and Household Finance (with Benjamin Hansen, Lars Lefgren, Emily Leslie, and Cody Tuttle)


* Denotes student coauthor