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Brian A. Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and professor of economics in the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education.

Jacob's research on education covers a wide variety of topics, from school choice to teacher labor markets to standards and accountability. His work has appeared in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Earlier in his career, he served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Mayor of New York City and taught middle school in East Harlem.

Jacob is a research associate in the NBER's Program on Children and Program on Education, and a member of the editorial boards of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Education Finance and Policy, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 2008 he was awarded the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management's David N. Kershaw Prize for distinguished contributions to public policy and management by an individual under the age of 40.


1. T.S. Dee and B.A. Jacob, "The Impact of No Child Left Behind on Student Achievement," NBER Working Paper 15531, 2009, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30(3), 2011, pp. 418–46.   Go to ⤴︎
2. T.S. Dee, B.A. Jacob, and N.L. Schwartz, "The Effects of NCLB on School Resources and Practices," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(2), 2013, pp. 252–79.   Go to ⤴︎
3. B.A. Jacob, S. Dynarski, K. Frank, and B. Schneider, "Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan," NBER Working Paper 22013, February 2016.   Go to ⤴︎
4. R. Chetty, J.N. Friedman, and J.E. Rockoff, "Measuring the Impacts of Teachers I: Evaluating Bias in Teacher Value-Added Estimates," American Economic Review, 104(9), 2014, pp. 2593–632.   Go to ⤴︎
5. B.A. Jacob and L. Lefgren, "Principals as Agents: Subjective Performance Measurement in Education," NBER Working Paper 11463, July 2005, and Journal of Labor Economics, 26(1), 2008, pp. 101–36.   Go to ⤴︎
6. B.A. Jacob, "Do Principals Fire the Worst Teachers?" NBER Working Paper 15715, February 2010, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 33(4), February 2011, pp. 403–34.   Go to ⤴︎
7. B.A. Jacob, J. Rockoff, E. Taylor, B. Lindy, and R. Rosen, "Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from D.C. Public Schools," NBER Working Paper 22054, March 2016.   Go to ⤴︎
8. B.A. Jacob and J. Rothstein, "The Measurement of Student Ability in Modern Assessment Systems," NBER Working Paper 22434, July 2016, and forthcoming in Journal of Economic Perspectives. Go to ⤴︎

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