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Jeffrey Denning

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Student
Jeffrey 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. 


Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Education


Was that SMART? Institutional Financial Incentives and Field of Study with Patrick Turley

Close to Home: Community College Price and Enrollment 

The Impact of Tax Credit Information on Student Enrollment: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Peter Bergman, Dayanand Manoli, and Peter Bergman

Saved by the Pell? Need-Based Grants in College and Student Behavior 

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