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Whitmore Schanzenbach

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is a research associate in the NBER's Programs on Children, Education, and Public Economics. An associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, she also is chair of the university's Program on Child, Adolescent and Family Studies in the Institute for Policy Research, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Schanzenbach studies the economics of policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty. Her research is at the intersection of education, health, and anti-poverty programs. She studied economics and religion at Wellesley College, and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Before joining the Northwestern faculty, she taught at the University of Chicago and spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Schanzenbach lives in Chicago's North Shore with her husband Max, who is an economist in Northwestern's law school, and their three children. A native of St. Louis, she remains a loyal Cardinals fan despite living in Cubs territory.


1. D. Almond and J. Currie, "Human Capital Development Before Age Five," NBER Working Paper 15827, March 2010, and O. Ashenfelter and D. Card, eds., Handbook of Labor Economics, 4B, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North Holland, 2010, Chapter 15, pp. 1315-1486.   Go to ⤴︎
2. J. J. Heckman and D. Masterov, "The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children," NBER Working Paper 13016, April 2007, and Review of Agricultural Economics, 29(3), 2007, pp. 446-93. Go to ⤴︎
3. D. Almond, H. W. Hoynes, and D. W. Schanzenbach, "Inside the War on Poverty: The Impact of Food Stamps on Birth Outcomes," NBER Working Paper 14306, September 2008, and Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(2), 2011, pp. 387-403.   Go to ⤴︎
4. H. W. Hoynes, D. W. Schanzenbach, and D. Almond, "Long Run Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net," NBER Working Paper 18535, November 2012.   Go to ⤴︎
5. J. J. Heckman, S. H. Moon, R. Pinto, P. Savelyev, and A. Yavitz, "A New Cost-Benefit and Rate of Return Analysis for the Perry Preschool Program: A Summary," NBER Working Paper 16180, July 2010, and Journal of Public Economics, 94, 2010, pp. 114-28 (published as "The Rate of the Return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program"); J. Ludwig and D. A. Phillips, "The Benefits and Costs of Head Start," NBER Working Paper 12973, March 2007, and Society for Research on Child Development, Social Policy Report, 21(3), 2007.   Go to ⤴︎
6. E. U. Cascio and D. W. Schanzenbach, "The Impacts of Expanding Access to High-Quality Preschool Education," NBER Working Paper 19735, December 2013, and Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 47(2), 2013, pp. 127-92.   Go to ⤴︎
7. S. Dynarski, J. M. Hyman, and D. W. Schanzenbach, "Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion," NBER Working Paper 17533, October 2011, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(4), 2013, pp. 692-717.   Go to ⤴︎
8. R. Chetty, J. N. Friedman, N. Hilger, E. Saez, D. W. Schanzenbach, and D. Yagan, "How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR," NBER Working Paper 16381, September 2010, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, 126(4), 2011, pp. 1593-1660. Go to ⤴︎

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