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Michael Lovenheim is a research associate in the NBER Economics of Education and Public Economics Programs. He is an associate professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University and is co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Lovenheim earned his B.A. in economics from Amherst College in 2000 and received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2007. He was a Searle Freedom Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Research for two years prior to joining the Cornell faculty.

Lovenheim's research focuses on empirical, policy-relevant issues in the economics of education and public finance. In higher education, his research examines questions related to the effect of personal and institutional resources on student outcomes and institutional productivity. Lovenheim also has an active research agenda on teacher labor markets, focusing specifically on teachers unions, performance pay, and teacher pension policies. His research on public economics studies questions related to interstate cigarette and alcohol regulation as well as the nutritional effects of consumption taxes. In addition to his academic research, he recently co-authored, with Sarah Turner, a textbook on the economics of education.


1. M. J. Bailey and S. Dynarski, "Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in U.S. College Entry and Completion," NBER Working Paper 17633, December 2011, and published as "Inequality in Postsecondary Education" in G. J. Duncan and R. J. Murnane, eds., Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, New York, NY: Russell Sage, 2011, pp. 117-32.   Go to ⤴︎
2. M. F. Lovenheim, "The Effect of Liquid Housing Wealth on College Enrollment," Journal of Labor Economics, 29(4), 2011, pp. 741-71.   Go to ⤴︎
3. M. F. Lovenheim and C. L. Reynolds, "The Effect of Housing Wealth on College Choice: Evidence from the Housing Boom", NBER Working Paper 18075, May 2012, and Journal of Human Resources, 48(1), 2013, pp. 1-35.   Go to ⤴︎
4. M. F. Lovenheim and E. G. Owens, "Does Federal Financial Aid Affect College Enrollment? Evidence from Drug Offenders and the Higher Education Act of 1998," NBER Working Paper 18749, February 2013, and Journal of Urban Economics, 81, 2014, pp. 1-13.   Go to ⤴︎
5. S. Cohodes, D. Grossman, S. Kleiner, and M. F. Lovenheim, "The Effect of Child Health Insurance Access on Schooling: Evidence from Public Insurance Expansions," NBER Working Paper 20178, May 2014, and Journal of Human Resources, 51(3), 2016, pp. 727-59.   Go to ⤴︎
6. R. J. Andrews, J. Li, and M .F. Lovenheim, "Quantile Treatment Effects of College Quality on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data in Texas," NBER Working Paper 18068, May 2012, and "Quantile Treatment Effects of College Quality on Earnings," Journal of Human Resources, 51(1), 2016, pp. 200-38.   Go to ⤴︎
7. J. Bound, M. F. Lovenheim, and S. Turner, "Why Have College Completion Rates Declined? An Analysis of Changing Student Preparation and Collegiate Resources," NBER Working Paper 15566, December 2009, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(3), 2010, pp. 129-57.   Go to ⤴︎
8. J. Bound, M. F. Lovenheim, and S. Turner, "Increasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States," NBER Working Paper 15892, April 2010, and Education Finance and Policy, 7(4), 2012, pp. 375-424.   Go to ⤴︎
9. R. J. Andrews, S. A. Imberman, and M. F. Lovenheim, "Recruiting and Supporting Low-Income, High-Achieving Students at Flagship Universities," NBER Working Paper 22260, May 2016. Go to ⤴︎

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