(Please e-mail me if you're having trouble accessing any of my research papers below.)


Heat and Learning (forthcoming)

Take Two! SAT Retaking and College Enrollment Gaps (forthcoming)

The Labor of Division: Returns to Compulsory High School Math Coursework (forthcoming)

Can Online Delivery Increase Access to Education? (2019)

Access to Four-Year Public Colleges and Degree Completion (2017)

Intensive Math Instruction and Educational Attainment: Long-Run Impacts of Double-Dose Algebra (2015)

A Few Goodmen: Surname-Sharing Economist Coauthors (2015)

Merit Aid, College Quality and College Completion: Massachusetts' Adams Scholarship as an In-Kind Subsidy (2014)

The Wages of Sinistrality: Handedness, Brain Structure and Human Capital Accumulation (2014)

Ability-Tracking, Instructional Time, and Better Pedagogy: The Effect of Double-Dose Algebra on Student Achievement (2014)

Bankruptcy Law and The Cost of Credit: The Impact of Cramdown on Mortgage Interest Rates (2014)

Who Merits Financial Aid?: Massachusetts' Adams Scholarship (2008)


Intensive College Counseling and the Enrollment and Persistence of Low Income Students (2018)

Can States Take Over and Turn Around School Districts? Evidence from Lawrence, Massachusetts (2017)

Objective Course Placement and College Readiness: Evidence from Targeted Middle School Math Acceleration (2017)

Middle School Math Acceleration and Equitable Access to 8th Grade Algebra (2015)

The Relationship Between Siblings’ College Choices: Evidence from One Million SAT‐Taking Families (2015)

Skills, Schools, and Credit Constraints: Evidence from Massachusetts (2010)


Nudging at Scale: Experimental Evidence from FAFSA Completion Campaigns (2019)

    • Academic version - NBER Working Paper 26158 (w/ Kelli Bird, Ben Castleman, Jeff Denning, Cait Lamberton, Kelly Ochs Rosinger)

Increasing Diversity in Boston's Exam Schools (2019)

Diversity in Massachusetts' Teacher Pipeline (2019)

    • Academic version - Coming soon (with Melanie Rucinski)
    • Summary version(s) - Policy brief

Flaking Out: Student Absences and Snow Days as Disruptions of Instructional Time (2015)

Other Publications

The Challenges of Leveraging Online Education for Economically Vulnerable Mid-Career Americans (2019)

The Effect of State Policy on College Choice and Match (2016)

Parental Socioeconomic Status, Child Health, and Human Capital (2010)