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Sandra E. Black

Associate Faculty Ph.D., Harvard University



Academic Undermatching of High-Achieving Minority Students: Evidence from “Race-Neutral” and Holistic Admissions Policies (Joint with Kalena Cortes and Jane Lincove.) American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, forthcoming.  

 Can you Leave High School Behind? (Joint with Jenna Cullinane, Rachel Douglas, and Jane Lincove).  NBER working Paper #19842, 2014, forthcoming Economics of Education Review.

Losing Heart?  The Effect of Job Displacement on Health, (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes). NBER Working Paper #18660, 2012, forthcoming, Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

Cash or Care?  The Effect of Childcare Subsidies on Academic Outcomes, (Joint with Paul Devereux, Katrine Loken, and Kjell Salvanes) forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

Under Pressure?  The Effect of Peers on Outcomes of Young Adults.  Journal of Labor Economics, vol 31(1), pages 119-153, 2013.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)                                   

Too Young to Leave the Nest?  The Effects of School Starting Age.  Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 93(2), pages 455-467, May 2011.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility, in Handbook of Labor Economics, Orley Ashenfelter and David Card, editors, North Holland Press, Elsevier, 2011.  Also available as NBER Working Paper Number 15889, April 2010. (Joint with Paul Devereux)

Housing Valuation and School Performance, in Handbook of the Economics of Education, Eric Hanushek, Stephen Machin, and Ludger Wossman, editors, North Holland Press, Elsevier, 2011.  (Joint with Stephen Machin).

Explaining Women’s Success:  Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women’s Work.  Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2010.  (Joint with Alexandra Spitz-Oener.)

Like Father, Like Son?  A Note on the Intergenerational Transmission of IQ Scores.  NBER Working Paper #14274, August 2009, Economics Letters.  (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

Staying In the Classroom and Out of the Maternity Ward? The Effects of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Teenage Births. Economic Journal, July 2008. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

Small Family, Smart Family? Family Size and the IQ Scores of Young Men, NBER Working Paper #13336, August 2007, Journal of Human Resources, Winter, 2009. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

 From the Cradle to the Labor Market? The Effect of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes, Quarterly Journal of Economics, March 2007. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.

 The More the Merrier? The Effect of Family Size and Birth Order on Children’s Education Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2005. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes).

 Why the Apple Doesn’t Fall Far: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Education, American Economic Review, March 2005. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes).

 Importing Equality? The Effects of Globalization on Gender Discrimination, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 57(4), 540-559, July 2004. (Joint with Elizabeth Brainerd).

 What’s Driving the New Economy: Understanding the Role of Workplace Practices, Economic Journal, 114(493), F97-116, February 2004. (Joint with Lisa Lynch).

 How Workers Fare When Employers Innovate, Industrial Relations,  43(1), 44-66, January 2004. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch and Anya Krivelyova).

 Entrepreneurship and Bank Structure, Journal of Finance, 57(6), 2807-33, December, 2002. (Joint with Philip Strahan).

 The Division of Spoils: Rent Sharing and Discrimination in a Regulated Industry, American Economic Review, 91(4), 814-31, September 2001. (Joint with Philip Strahan).

 How to Compete: The Impact of Workplace Practices and Information Technology on Productivity, Review of Economics and Statistics, 83(3), 434-445, August 2001. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch). Awarded Honorable Mention for the Minnesota Award honoring the best article published in a refereed journal on the role of institutions in the employment relationship or labor market in the last two years.

 The Rise of Female Professionals: Women’s Response to Rising Skill Demand, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 90(2), 450-455, May 2000. (Joint with Chinhui Juhn).

 Investigating the Link between Competition and Discrimination, Monthly Labor Review, December 1999.

 Do Better Schools Matter? Parental Valuation of Elementary Education, Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1999.

 Meet The New Borrowers, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Current Issues in Economics and Finance, February 1999. (Joint with Donald P. Morgan).

 Beyond the Incidence of Training, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 55(1), 6481, October 1998. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).

 Measuring the Value of Better Schools, Economic Policy Review, March 1998.

The New Workplace: What Does It Mean for Productivity? Industrial Relations Research Association Papers and Proceedings, 60-67, 1998. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).

Human Capital Strategy and Productivity Outcomes, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 86(2), 263-267, May 1996. (Joint with Lisa M. Lynch).


Working Papers

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? The Effect of Board Quotas on Female Labor Market Outcomes in Norway, (Joint with Marianne Bertrand, Sissel Jensen, and Adriana Lleras-Muney).  NBER Working Paper #20256, July 2014, under revision for Review of Economic Studies.

This Is Only a Test? Long-Run and Intergenerational Impacts of Prenatal Exposure to Radioactive Fallout, (Joint with Aline Bütikofer, Paul Devereux, and Kjell Salvanes).  NBER Working Paper #18987, most recent version July 2014. submitted.

Does Grief Transfer across Generations?  Bereavements during Pregnancy and Child Outcomes, (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes). NBER Working Paper #19979, March 2014, most recent version July 2014, under revision for American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Learning to Take Risks?  The Effect of Education on Equity Market Participation, (Joint with Paul Devereux, Petter Lundborg, and Kaveh Majlesi) NBER Working Paper #21043, March 2015. submitted.

Efficacy vs. Equity:  What Happens When States Tinker with College Admissions in a Race-Blind Era? (Joint with Kalena E. Cortes and Jane Arnold Lincove) NBER Working Paper #20804, under revision for Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Older and Wiser? Birth Order and IQ of Young Men.  NBER Working Paper #13237, July 2007. (Joint with Paul Devereux and Kjell Salvanes.)

Graduate Students

Jeff Denning

Jeff Denning is a 5th year Ph.D. student and 2014 NAED/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship recipient doing research in Labor Economics and Public Economics with a focus on the Economics of Education. His research focuses on the impact of college costs on student behavior and outcomes. Specifically he has a paper currently under revision for the Journal of Human Resources that explores the effects of incentives for students to study science and math in college by examining the federal SMART Grant program. He and his coauthor, Patrick Turley, find that students do respond to financial incentives and enroll in STEM fields at a higher rate.  A separate project examines the effects of community college tuition on enrollment as well as the effect of community college on educational attainment and labor market outcomes. In addition to these observational studies, he has an experiment in field that examines the impact of information about tax incentives for college on tax credit take-up and student behavior.

You can find out more about Jeff here:

Qian Lu

Qian Lu is a 5th year Ph.D student in the department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are labor economics and public policy analysis. She is currently looking at the role of deepening automation  in explaining the flat four-year college wage premium in the 2000s. Another study on technological change examines the link between computerization and the closing of male-female wage gap, and finds that MSAs where more women use computers at workplace than men have witnessed a greater closing of male-female wage gap between 1980 and 2000. She is also interested in the impact of cognitive and non-cognitive skills on the decision of internal migration by race and gender, and the spillover effect of EITC on less-educated single young men.

You can find out more about Qian here:

Chester Polson

Chester Polson is a 5th year PhD candidate in the department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin interested in education policy analysis and labor economics. His current research focuses on the impact high stakes exit exams in Texas have on students beyond the end of high school and the effects of obtaining specific sub-baccalaureate degrees on labor force outcomes. Previously, Chester has looked at the impact of large merit scholarship programs in Tennessee and on the role work-study financial aid plays on obtaining tertiary degrees with the Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) Grant under the advising of Professor Chris King (Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin) and Professor Sandra Black (Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin). He is also on the board of directors for Manna Project International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on international community development.

You can find out more about Chet here:

Emily Weisburst

Emily Weisburst is a 4th year Ph.D. student with a research focus in labor economics. Her work addresses topics in education, criminal justice and workplace productivity. She is currently studying the effects of school district desegregation court orders on long-term outcomes of students in Texas. Emily also works as a research associate for the RAND Corporation on joint projects with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that investigate aspects of developmental education initiatives in community colleges. Prior to graduate school, Emily worked as a research associate for Professor Paul Gompers at Harvard Business School and has a working paper with Paul Gompers, Yuhai Xuan and Vladimir Mukharlyamov on the gender performance gap in the venture capital industry.



Kaveh Majlesi (Lund University)

Marcus Dillender (Upjohn Institute)


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