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Philip Oreopoulos is professor of economics and public policy at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia.

He is an NBER research associate, a program director at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and co-chair of the education sector at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a member of the board of editors of the Journal of Labor Economics.

Oreopoulos' current work focuses on education policy, especially the application of behavioral economics to education and child development. He often examines this field by initiating and implementing large-scale field experiments, with the goal of producing convincing evidence for public policy decisions.


1. A. Lavecchia, H. Liu, and P. Oreopoulos, "Behavioral Economics of Education: Progress and Possibilities," NBER Working Paper 20609, October 2014, and forthcoming in E. A. Hanushek, S. J. Machin and L. Woessmann, eds., Handbook of Economics of Education, Volume 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North Holland Press.   Go to ⤴︎
2. J. Angrist and A. Krueger, "Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?" NBER Working Paper 3572, December 1990, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, 106 (4), 1991, pp. 979–1014.   Go to ⤴︎
3. P. Oreopoulos, "Do Dropouts Drop Out Too Soon? Wealth, Health, and Happiness from Compulsory Schooling," Journal of Public Economics, 91 (11-12), 2007, pp. 2213–29.   Go to ⤴︎
4. P. Oreopoulos, R. S. Brown, and A. Lavecchia, "Pathways to Education: An Integrated Approach to Helping At-Risk High School Students," NBER Working Paper 20430, August 2014, and forthcoming in Journal of Political Economy.   Go to ⤴︎
5. J. Angrist, D. Lang, and P. Oreopoulos, "Incentives and Services for College Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1(1), 2009, pp. 136–63; and J. Angrist, P. Oreopoulos, and T. Williams, "When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers? New Evidence on College Achievement Awards," NBER Working Paper 16643, December 2010, and Journal of Human Resources, 49 (3), 2014, pp. 572–610. Go to ⤴︎
6. E. Bettinger, B. Long, P. Oreopoulos, and L. Sanbonmatsu, "The Role of Simplification and Information in College Decisions: Results from the H&R Block FAFSA Experiment," NBER Working Paper 15361, September 2009, and published as "The Role of Application Assistance and Information in College Decisions: Results from the H&R Block FAFSA Experiment," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127 (3), 2012, pp. 1205–42.   Go to ⤴︎
7. P. Oreopoulos and R. Ford, "Keeping College Options Open: A Field Experiment to Help All High School Seniors Through the College Application Process," NBER Working Paper 22320, June 2016.   Go to ⤴︎
8. P. Oreopoulos and U. Petronijevic, "Student Coaching: How Far Can Technology Go?" NBER Working Paper 22630, September 2016. Go to ⤴︎

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