Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan
735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
NBER Program Affiliations:
NBER Affiliation: Research Associate
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|May 2018||Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education|
with Pieter De Vlieger, Kevin Stange
in Productivity in Higher Education, Caroline M. Hoxby and Kevin Stange, editors
|March 2018||Estimating the Effects of a Large For-Profit Charter School Operator|
with Susan Dynarski, Daniel Hubbard, Silvia Robles: w24428
|June 2017||Differentiated Accountability and Education Production: Evidence from NCLB Waivers|
with Steven W. Hemelt: w23461
|April 2017||The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students’ Major Choice|
with Rachel Baker, Eric Bettinger, Ioana Marinescu: w23333
Published: Rachel Baker & Eric Bettinger & Brian Jacob & Ioana Marinescu, 2018. "The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students’ Major Choice," Economics of Education Review, .
|December 2016||Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education|
with Pieter De Vlieger, Kevin Stange: w22998
|July 2016||The Measurement of Student Ability in Modern Assessment Systems|
with Jesse Rothstein: w22434
Published: Brian Jacob & Jesse Rothstein, 2016. "The Measurement of Student Ability in Modern Assessment Systems," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 30(3), pages 85-108. citation courtesy of
|April 2016||The Causes and Consequences of Test Score Manipulation: Evidence from the New York Regents Examinations|
with Thomas S. Dee, Will Dobbie, Jonah Rockoff: w22165
|March 2016||Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools|
with Jonah E. Rockoff, Eric S. Taylor, Benjamin Lindy, Rachel Rosen: w22054
|February 2016||Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan|
with Susan Dynarski, Kenneth Frank, Barbara Schneider: w22013
Published: Brian Jacob & Susan Dynarski & Kenneth Frank & Barbara Schneider, 2017. "Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol 39(2), pages 333-360.
|October 2015||When Evidence is Not Enough: Findings from a Randomized Evaluation of Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI)|
Published: Brian Jacob, 2017. "When evidence is not enough: Findings from a randomized evaluation of Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI)," Labour Economics, vol 45, pages 5-16.
|May 2014||Human Capital Effects of Anti-Poverty Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Voucher Lottery|
with Max Kapustin, Jens Ludwig: w20164
|January 2013||College as Country Club: Do Colleges Cater to Students' Preferences for Consumption?|
with Brian McCall, Kevin M. Stange: w18745
|August 2011||The Effects of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Child Mortality|
with Jens Ludwig, Douglas L. Miller: w17369
Published: Jacob, Brian A. & Ludwig, Jens & Miller, Douglas L., 2013. "The effects of housing and neighborhood conditions on child mortality," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 195-206. citation courtesy of
|February 2011||New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply|
with Mimi Engel: w16802
Published: Mimi Engel, Brian A. Jacob, and F. Chris Curran American Educational Research Journal, February 2014; vol. 51, 1: pp. 36-72., first published on September 10, 2013
|August 2010||Family Income, Neighborhood Poverty, and Crime|
with Sara B. Heller, Jens Ludwig
in Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, Philip Cook, Jens Ludwig, Justin McCrary, editors
|February 2010||Do Principals Fire the Worst Teachers?|
Published: Jacob, Brian A. ( 2011 ). “Do Pr incipals Fire the Worst Teachers?” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis . 33(4): 403 - 434,
|The Effect of Employment Protection on Worker Effort: Evidence from Public Schooling|
Published: The Effect of Employment Protection on Teacher Effort Brian A. Jacob Journal of Labor Economics Vol. 31, No. 4 (October 2013), pp. 727-761
|January 2010||Rational Ignorance in Education: A Field Experiment in Student Plagiarism|
with Thomas S. Dee: w15672
Published: Thomas S. Dee & Brian A. Jacob, 2012. "Rational Ignorance in Education: A Field Experiment in Student Plagiarism," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 47(2), pages 397-434. citation courtesy of
|Educational Expectations and Attainment|
with Tamara Wilder: w15683
Published: Jacob, B.A. and Tam ara Wilder ( 2011 ). “Educational Expectations and Attainment.” In Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality and the Uncertain Life Chances of Low - Income Children , edited by Greg J. Duncan and Richard J. Murnane. New York, NY: Russell Sage Press.
|November 2009||The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement|
with Thomas Dee: w15531
Published: Thomas S. Dee & Brian Jacob, 2011. "The impact of no Child Left Behind on student achievement," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 30(3), pages 418-446, Summer. citation courtesy of
|December 2008||Improving Educational Outcomes for Poor Children|
with Jens Ludwig: w14550
Published: Jacob, Brian and Jens Ludwig ( 2009 ) “Improving educational outcomes for poor children.” In Changing Poverty , Changing Policies , Edited by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger. New York: Russell Sag e Foundation Press. pp. 266 - 300.
|The Effects of Housing Assistance on Labor Supply: Evidence from a Voucher Lottery|
with Jens Ludwig: w14570
|November 2008||Can You Recognize an Effective Teacher When You Recruit One?|
with Jonah E. Rockoff, Thomas J. Kane, Douglas O. Staiger: w14485
Published: Jonah E. Rockoff & Brian A. Jacob & Thomas J. Kane & Douglas O. Staiger, 2011. "Can You Recognize an Effective Teacher When You Recruit One?," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 6(1), pages 43-74, January. citation courtesy of
|October 2008||The Effect of Gun Shows on Gun-Related Deaths: Evidence from California and Texas|
with Mark Duggan, Randi Hjalmarsson: w14371
Published: Mark Duggan, Randi Hjalmarsson, Brian Jacob (2011), The Short-Term and Localized Effect of Gun Shows: Evidence from California and Texas, Review of Economics and Statistics, 786-799, Volume 93, Number 3.
|June 2008||The Persistence of Teacher-Induced Learning Gains|
with Lars Lefgren, David Sims: w14065
Published: Jacob, Brian, Lefgren, Lars and David Sims. (2010). "The Persistence of Teacher-Induced Learning Gains." Journal of Human Resources 45(4): 915-943.
|October 2007||The Impact of Research Grant Funding on Scientific Productivity|
with Lars Lefgren: w13519
Published: Jacob, Brian A. & Lefgren, Lars, 2011. "The impact of research grant funding on scientific productivity," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(9-10), pages 1168-1177, October. citation courtesy of
|The Effect of Grade Retention on High School Completion|
with Lars Lefgren: w13514
Published: Brian A. Jacob & Lars Lefgren, 2009.
"The Effect of Grade Retention on High School Completion,"
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,
American Economic Association, vol. 1(3), pages 33-58, July.
citation courtesy of
|September 2007||Is Gaining Access to Selective Elementary Schools Gaining Ground? Evidence From Randomized Lotteries|
with Julie Berry Cullen: w13443
|April 2007||Is Gaining Access to Selective Elementary Schools Gaining Ground? Evidence from Randomized Lotteries|
with Julie Berry Cullen
in The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth: An Economic Perspective, Jonathan Gruber, editor
|January 2007||Test-Based Accountability and Student Achievement: An Investigation of Differential Performance on NAEP and State Assessments|
|May 2006||Do High School Exit Exams Influence Educational Attainment or Labor Market Performance?|
with Thomas S. Dee: w12199
Published: Gamoran, Adam (ed.) Standards-Based Reform and Children in Poverty: Lessons for "No Child Left Behind." Brookings Institution Press, 2007.
|July 2005||What Do Parents Value in Education? An Empirical Investigation of Parents' Revealed Preferences for Teachers|
with Lars Lefgren: w11494
Published: Brian A. Jacob & Lars Lefgren, 2007. "What Do Parents Value in Education? An Empirical Investigation of Parents' Revealed Preferences for Teachers," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 122(4), pages 1603-1637, November. citation courtesy of
|Principals as Agents: Subjective Performance Measurement in Education|
with Lars Lefgren: w11463
|September 2004||The Dynamics of Criminal Behavior: Evidence from Weather Shocks|
with Lars Lefgren, Enrico Moretti: w10739
Published: Brian Jacob & Lars Lefgren & Enrico Moretti, 2007. "The Dynamics of Criminal Behavior: Evidence from Weather Shocks," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 42(3). citation courtesy of
|November 2003||The Effect of School Choice on Student Outcomes: Evidence from Randomized Lotteries|
with Julie Berry Cullen, Steven Levitt: w10113
Published: Cullen, Julie Berry, Brian A. Jacob, and Steven D. Levitt. “The effect of school choice on participants: evidence from randomized lotteries." Econometrica 74, 5 (2006): 1191-1230.
|April 2003||Public Housing, Housing Vouchers and Student Achievement: Evidence from Public Housing Demolitions in Chicago|
Published: Jacob, Brian A. "Public Housing Vouchers, And Student Achievement: Evidence From Public Housing Demolitions In Chicago," American Economic Review, 2004, v94(1,Mar), 233-258.
|Are Idle Hands the Devil's Workshop? Incapacitation, Concentration and Juvenile Crime|
with Lars Lefgren: w9653
Published: Jacob, Brian A. and Lars Lefgren. "Are Idle Hands The Devil's Workshop? Incapacitation, Concentration, And Juvenile Crime," American Economic Review, 2003, v93(5,Dec), 1560-1577. citation courtesy of
|January 2003||Rotten Apples: An Investigation of the Prevalence and Predictors of Teacher Cheating|
with Steven D. Levitt: w9413
Published: Jacob, Brian A. and Steven D. Levitt. "Rotten Apples: An Investigation Of The Prevalence And Predictors Of Teacher Cheating," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2003, v118(3,Aug), 843-878. citation courtesy of
|Catching Cheating Teachers: The Results of an Unusual Experiment in Implementing Theory|
with Steven D. Levitt: w9414
|May 2002||Where the boys aren't: Non-cognitive skills, returns to school and the gender gap in higher education|
Published: Jacob, Brian. “Where the Boys Aren’t: Non-Cognitive Skills, Returns to School and the Gender Gap in Higher Education.” Economics of Education Review 21 (2002): 589-598.
|Accountability, Incentives and Behavior: The Impact of High-Stakes Testing in the Chicago Public Schools|
Published: Jacob, Brian A. "Accountability, Incentives And Behavior: The Impact Of High-Stakes Testing In The Chicago Public Schools," Journal of Public Economics, 2005, v89(5-6,Jun), 761-796.
|Remedial Education and Student Achievement: A Regression-Discontinuity Analysis|
with Lars Lefgren: w8918
Published: Brian A. Jacob & Lars Lefgren, 2004. "Remedial Education and Student Achievement: A Regression-Discontinuity Analysis," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 86(1), pages 226-244, November. citation courtesy of
|April 2002||The Impact of Teacher Training on Student Achievement: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from School Reform Efforts in Chicago|
with Lars Lefgren: w8916
Published: Jacob, B. and L. Lefgren. “The Impact of Teacher Training on Student Achievement: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from School Reform Efforts in Chicago.” Journal of Human Resources 39, 1 (2004): 50-79. citation courtesy of
|September 2000||The Impact of School Choice on Student Outcomes: An Analysis of the Chicago Public Schools|
with Julie Berry Cullen, Steven Levitt: w7888
Published: Cullen, Julie Berry & Jacob, Brian A. & Levitt, Steven D., 2005. "The impact of school choice on student outcomes: an analysis of the Chicago Public Schools," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(5-6), pages 729-760, June. citation courtesy of