Education Seminar Series

The New York Federal Reserve Bank, in cooperation with New York University, organizes an education seminar series. The seminar organizers are Rajashri Chakrabarti and Wilbert van der Klaauw from the NY Fed and Amy Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel from NYU. These seminars are aimed at bringing together academic researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss current ideas, concerns and findings relating to educational policies and practices. The genesis of the series is based on Alan Greenspan's emphasis (that has been continued by Ben Bernanke) on the important role of K-12 education in achieving and sustaining productivity growth and human capital accumulation. The workshop is part of the Bank’s K-12 education initiative and regional outreach efforts.
Spring 2014 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)
January 29 Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Northwestern University
Long-run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net PDF
February 6 Sean Reardon
Stanford University
February 20 Sarah Turner
University of Virginia
March 6 Tom Kane
Harvard University
April 3 Kirabo Jackson
Northwestern University
April 24 Lisa Barrow
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
May 8 Ofer Malamud
University of Chicago
May 22 Charlie Clotfelter
Duke University
June 5 Mike Lovenheim
Cornell University
June 12 Lesley Turner
University of Maryland
Fall 2013 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)
September 19 Scott Imberman
Michigan StateUniversity
Incentive Strength and Teacher Productivity: Evidence from a Group-Based Teacher Incentive Pay System PDF
October 3 Henry Levin
Columbia University
Cost-Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention PDF
October 17 Bruce Sacerdote
Dartmouth College
Late Interventions Matter Too: The Case of College Coaching in New Hampshire PDF
October 24 Holger Sieg
University of Pennsylvania
The U.S. Markets for Higher Education: A General Equilibrium Analysis of State and Private Colleges and Public Funding Policies PDF
November 21 Will Dobbie
Princeton University

The Medium-Term Impacts of High-Achieving Charter Schools on Non-Test Score Outcomes. PDF

December 5 Jesse Rothstein
University of California at Berkeley
Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters PDF
December 19 Raji Chakrabarti
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Impact of Accountability Threats under No Child Left Behind: The Role of Stigma versus Sanctions
Spring 2013 Schedule
(This schedule will be updated with topics and papers periodically. So please check back frequently.)
February 21 Joshua Goodman
Harvard University
The Impact of College Quality on College Completion Rates PDF
March 7 Bruce Sacerdote
Dartmouth College
Late Interventions Matter Too: The Case of College Coaching in New HampshirePDF
March 21 John Papay
Brown University
Missed Opportunities in the Labor Market or Temporary Disruptions? PDF
April 11 Andrew Reschovsky
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Will the Property Tax Continue to Play a Central Role in the Funding of Public Education? PDF
May 2 Dennis Epple
Carnegie Mellon University
Admitting Students to Selective Education Programs: Merit, Profiling, and Affirmative Action PDF
May 23 Sara Goldrick-Rab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Need-Based Financial Aid and College Persistence: Experimental Evidence PDF
June 13 Paco Martorell
Can Incentives be Used to Change Educational Inputs?
Fall 2012 Schedule
September 6 James H. Shelton III
Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education Initiatives
October 4 Joanna Cannon
Executive Director, Office of Research and Data, NYC Department of Education
Policy Research in and for the NYC Department of Education
October 11 James Kemple
New York University
Building "On-Track" Indicators for High School Graduation and College Readiness: Evidence from NYC PDF
October 18 Hugh Macartney
Duke University
The Dynamic Effects of Educational Accountability PDF
October 25 Marcus Winters
Manhattan Institute & University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Do Accountability Sanctions Lead to Sustained School Improvements? Evidence from NYC
November 26 Shael Polakow-Suransky
Education Seminar Luncheon with NYC Schools Chief Academic Officer video
November 29 Ron Ehrenberg
Cornell University
Is the Golden Age of the Private Universities Over?
December 20 Sandy Black
University of Texas at Austin
Can You Leave High School Behind
Spring 2012 Schedule
January 19 Frederick Hess
American Enterprise Institute
Education Unbound: The Promise and Practice of Greenfield Schooling
February 2 Jacob Vigdor
Duke University
The Aftermath of Accelerating Algebra
March 8 Julian Betts
UC San Diego
High School Exit Exams and policies that might boost student success in these exams and Technical Appendices
April 26 Justine Hastings
Brown University
"The returns to college selectivity and field of study: causal evidence from Chile" (with Christopher Nielson and Seth Zimmerman)
May 16 Cecilia Rouse
Princeton University
Paying for Performance: The Education Impacts of a Community College Scholarship Program for Low-income Adults
June 7

David Mustard
University of Georgia

Non-cognitive skills and Gender Disparities in Test Scores and Teacher Assessments pdf
June 21 Martin West
Harvard University
Effects of Grade Retention on Student Outcomes Over Time pdf
June 28 Brian Jacob
University of Michigan
The Consumption Value of Education: Implications for the Postsecondary Market pdf
Fall 2011 Schedule
September 8 David Deming
Harvard University
School Choice, School productivity and Post-Secondary Attainment
September 22 Julie Marsh, Dan McCaffrey
Rand and University of Southern California
A Big Apple for Educators: New York City's Experiment with Schoolwide Performance Bonuses
September 30 Special Education Seminar Luncheon with NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott video
October 6 Tom Dee
University of Virginia
Social Identity and Achievement Gaps: Evidence from an Affirmation Intervention
October 13 Jennifer Jennings
New York University
Measure for Measure: Quantifying Racial Inequality in an Age of Educational Accountability
October 27 Eric Bettinger
Stanford University
Effect of Student Coaching on Retention and Completion
November 17 Derek Neal
University of Chicago
Pay for Percentile
December 15 Dick Murnane
Harvard University
U.S High School Graduation Rates: Patterns and Explanations
Spring / Summer 2011 Schedule
January 20 Cynthia Miller
Early Education Results from the Opportunity NYC --Family Rewards Program
March 10 Anna Maria Lusardi
GWU and Dartmouth
Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in the United States
April 14 Raji Chakrabarti
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Intended and Unintended Effects of No Child Left Behind
May 12 Amy Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel & Matt Wiswall
New York University
Do Small Schools Improve Performance in Large, Urban Districts? Causal Evidence from New York City
June 2 Tom Downes
Tufts University
School Finance and Property Values
June 16 Jens Ludwig
University of Chicago
Does Social-Cognitive Skill Development Intervention Affect Schooling Outcomes and Criminal Behavior?
June 30

Rob Meyer
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Using Value Added Models to Compute Teacher Effects: Evidence from NYC
July 21 Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger
New York City Department of Education
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