Silvia C. Robles

Silvia C. Robles

Research Interests: higher education success and persistence, higher education policy, descriptive and causal methods, broad access schools, economics of education, labor market outcomes, educational sorting and equity


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Silvia Robles is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ford School's Education Policy Initiative. Her research interests include the economics of education and labor studies. Her work focuses on the transition between high school and college, and on barriers to higher education among under-represented minority and low-income students in the U.S.

Silvia received a PHD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked for two years for Innovations for Poverty Action implementing large scale randomized trials of microcredit interventions in Peru. She is currently working on an evaluation of summer programs for under-represented students in STEM.

Research Projects

  • The Impact of a STEM-Focused Summer Program on College and Major Choices Among Underserved High-Achievers
  • A Randomized Evaluation of STEM-Focused Summer Programs, with Sarah Cohodes
  • Estimating and Understanding the Effectiveness of Michigan Charter Schools, with Brian Jacob and Susan Dynarski