Recent Publications


New Paper on Student Loans

Susan Dynarski has just published a new Brookings Economic Studies paper entilted "An Economists's Perspective on Student Loans in the United States." This paper examines the state of the student loans market, the concept of a student debt crisis, cost/benefits of interest subsidies and related policy alternatives, and identifies data gaps that must be addressed in order to craft improved student-loan policies.

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New Resource for Researchers

Contemplating use of National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data? This working paper by Susan Dynarski, Steven Hemelt and Joshua Hyman explores the promises and pitfalls of using NSC data to measure a variety of postsecondary outcomes, and provides tips and examples for researchers.

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Jacob testifies in Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, cites figure '288 septillion'
February 10, 2015

Brian Jacob was called to testify last week as a witness for the prosecution in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, in which prosecutors allege a dozen educators engaged in a "widespread, cleverly disguised” conspiracy to improve their students' test scores by changing answers.

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Dynarski highlights behavioral 'nudges' that can lessen education disparities in NYT Upshot column
January 20, 2015

Vast inequalities currently exist in the U.S. education system – there is little debate among experts on this issue. And while it's the ambitious system-level reform proposals that garner widespread attention, several seemingly simple solutions—small behavioral nudges—have been found to lessen disparities.

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