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Sarah E. Turner

Professor, Education and Economics, University of Virginia.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Turner specializes in research on the economics of education in the United States. She has written extensively on the economics of higher education, including the behavioral effects of financial aid policies and the entry of new providers. She is currently collaborating with John Bound on a Russell Sage Foundation-supported project analyzing mobility of college-educated workers using U.S. census data.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Pallais, Amanda, and Sarah E. Turner. Forthcoming. "Access to Elites: The Growth of Programs to Increase Opportunities for Low-Income Students at Selective Universities." Economic Inequality and Higher Education: Access, Persistence, and Success.New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Bound, John, Breno Braga, Joseph Golden, and Sarah E. Turner. 2013. "Pathways to Adjustment: The Case of Information Technology Workers." American Economic Review, 103(3): 203-207. DOI. Abstract.

Bound, John, Michael Lovenheim, and Sarah E. Turner. 2012. "Increasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States." Education Finance and Policy, 7(4): 375-424. DOI. Abstract.

Bound, John, and Sarah E. Turner. 2007. "Cohort crowding: How resources affect collegiate attainment." Journal of Public Economics, 91(5-6): 877-899. DOI. Abstract.


Fitzpatrick, Maria, and Sarah E. Turner. Forthcoming. "Blurring the Boundary: Changes in the Transition from College Participation to Adulthood." In The Economics of the Transition to Adulthood. edited by Danziger, Danziger and Cecilia Rouse . New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Bound, John, Sarah E. Turner, and Patrick M. Walsh. 2009. "Internationalization of U.S. doctorate education." In Science and engineering careers in the United States: an analysis of markets and employment edited by Richard B Freeman, Daniel L Goroff. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Blanchard, E., John Bound, and Sarah E. Turner. 2009. "Opening (and Closing) Doors: Country-Specific Shocks in U.S. Doctoral Education." In Doctoral education and the faculty of the future edited by Ehrenberg, Ronald G., Kuh, Charlotte V.. :224-248. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Turner, Sarah E. 2007. "Higher Education: Policies Generating the 21st Century Workforce." In Workforce Policies for a Changing Economy edited by Holzer, H. and D. Nightingale . Washington DC. Urban Institute Press.

PSC Reports

Bound, John, Michael Lovenheim, and Sarah E. Turner. 2010. "Increasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States." PSC Research Report No. 10-698. April 2010. Abstract. PDF.

Bound, John, Sarah E. Turner, and Patrick Walsh. 2009. "Internationalization of U.S. Doctorate Education." PSC Research Report No. 09-675. March 2009. Abstract. PDF.

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