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Brian Jacob

Professor, Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Professor, Education, School of Education.
Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Professor, Education Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Chicago
Research Interests:  Brian Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Center on Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an Executive Committee Member of the National Poverty Center. He has previously served as a policy analyst in the NYC Mayor's Office and taught middle school in East Harlem. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. His current research focuses on urban school reform and teacher labor markets. In recent work, he has examined school choice, education accountability programs, housing vouchers, and teacher labor markets.

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Jacob, Brian, and Jens Ludwig. 2009. " Improving educational outcomes for poor children." In Changing poverty, changing policies edited by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Jacob, Brian, and Lars Lefgren. 2009. "The Effect of Grade Retention on High School Completion." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1(3): 33-58.

Cullen, Julie Berry, and Brian Jacob. 2009. "Is gaining access to selective elementary schools gaining ground? : evidence from randomized lotteries." In The problems of disadvantaged youth: an economic perspective edited by Jonathan Gruber. University Of Chicago Press.

Jacob, Brian, and Lars Lefgren. 2008. "Can principals identify effective teachers? Evidence on subjective performance evaluation in education." Journal of Labor Economics, 26(1): 101-136.

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