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Teacher Quality in Educational Production: Tracking, Decay, and Student Achievement
Growing concerns over the achievement of U.S. students have led to proposals to reward good teachers and penalize (or fire) bad ones. The leading method for assessing teacher quality is "value added"Expand
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Tipping and the Dynamics of Segregation
In a classic paper, Schelling (1971) showed that extreme segregation can arise from social interactions in white preferences: once the minority share in a neighborhood exceeds a critical "tippingExpand
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The Value of School Facility Investments: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design
Despite extensive public infrastructure spending, surprisingly little is known about its economic return. In this paper, we estimate the value of school facility investments using housing markets:Expand
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Student Sorting and Bias in Value-Added Estimation: Selection on Observables and Unobservables
  • J. Rothstein
  • Psychology, Mathematics
  • Education Finance and Policy
  • 1 January 2009
Nonrandom assignment of students to teachers can bias value-added estimates of teachers' causal effects. Rothstein (2008, 2010) shows that typical value-added models indicate large counterfactualExpand
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Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession
More than 2 years after the official end of the Great Recession, the labor market remains historically weak. One candidate explanation is supply-side effects driven by dramatic expansions ofExpand
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Racial Segregation and the Black-White Test Score Gap
Racial segregation is often blamed for some of the achievement gap between blacks and whites. We study the effects of school and neighborhood segregation on the relative SAT scores of black studentsExpand
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Constrained after College: Student Loans and Early Career Occupational Choices
In the early 2000s, a highly selective university introduced a "no-loans" policy under which the loan component of financial aid awards was replaced with grants. We use this natural experiment toExpand
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School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement
We study the impact of post-1990 school finance reforms, during the so-called “adequacy” era, on absolute and relative spending and achievement in low-income school districts. Using an event studyExpand
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Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters
Teacher contracts that condition pay and retention on demonstrated performance can improve selection into and out of teaching. I study alternative contracts in a simulated teacher labor market thatExpand
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Is the EITC as Good as an NIT? Conditional Cash Transfers and Tax Incidence
The EITC is intended to encourage work. But EITC-induced increases in labor supply may drive wages down. I simulate the economic incidence of the EITC. In each scenario that I consider, a largeExpand
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