Curriculum Vitae – September 2013

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1. Professional experience
2. Education
3. Research
4. Grants
5. Fellowships, grants and awards
6. Invited presentations and conferences
7. Teaching experience
8. Affiliations
9. Professional activities
10. Jobs before academics


Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Irvine
Assistant Professor, Department of Policy and Management, Cornell University, 2011-2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, Princeton University, 2009-2011
Visiting Faculty Research Fellow, NBER, Fall 2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Florida, August 2005-2011
Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Labor Economics, U.C. Berkeley, January 2003-August 2005


Nuffield College, Oxford, D.Phil. Economics, 2002. Advisor: Steve Nickell
Nuffield College, Oxford, M.Phil. Economics, 1997. Advisor: Steve Nickell
Newcastle University, BA Economics, 1994

Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Public Economics


Publications/forthcoming (see “Research” page for links)

“The Signaling Value of a High School Diploma” (with Paco Martorell). Forthcoming, Journal of Political Economy.

“The Effect of Education on Adult Health and Mortality: Evidence from Britain” (with Heather Royer). Forthcoming, American Economic Review.

“Do Recessions Keep Students in School? The Impact of Youth Unemployment on Enrolment in Post-Compulsory Education in England”. Economica, 78 (311), 523-545, July 2011.

“Selective Schools and Academic Achievement”, The B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Vol 10.: Iss. 1 (Advances), Article 9, 2010.

“The Performance and Competitive Effects of School Autonomy”, Journal of Political Economy, 117(4), 745-783, August 2009.

“Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood” (with Elizabeth Cascio and Nora Gordon), Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(3), 47-70, Summer 2008.

Book Chapters/Book Reviews/Invited Papers

“The Impacts of Tougher Education Standards: Evidence from Florida” (with Ed See), Economics of Education Review, 30(6), 1123-1135, December 2011.

“Qualifications”. With G. Conlon and F. Galindo-Rueda. In Machin (ed.) ‘What’s the Good of Education? The Economics of Education in the United Kingdom’, Princeton University Press, 2005.

Review of “Improving School-to-Work Transitions”. Edited by David Neumark. The Journal of Economic Literature, June 2009.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grant “The Intergenerational Transmission of Education”. co-P.I. with P.I. David Figlio and co-P.I.s Paco Martorell and Heather Royer. Award Number R01HD054637-01A1, $993,208.

Institutes of Educational Sciences (US Department of Education) grant “The Impact of High School Exit Exams”. P.I. with co-P.I. Paco Martorell. Award Number R305R060096, $367,081.

Spencer Foundation grant “The Fertility Effects of Education”, $29,888.


Excellence in refereeing award, American Economic Review, 2012.
Excellence in refereeing award, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2011.
National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2007-2008
European Economic Association Young Economist Award, August 2005.


2013: UC Irvine, RAND Corporation.

2012: Stanford School of Education, SUNY Binghamton, Rochester, Cornell PAM, APPAM conference.

2011: Cornell PAM, U Florida, Office for National Statistics (UK), World Bank conference on school autonomy (Mexico City), Princeton Labor Seminar, Princeton Labor Lunch, NY Federal Reserve, CLSRN 2011 Summer School and Research Workshop, Ivalua conference on evaluation in education (Barcelona).

2010: Princeton Labor, Columbia Applied Micro, Harvard Labor, Brown Applied Micro, U Florida, Rutgers, U Pompeu Fabra, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Institute of Education, London, SOLE, NBER Summer Institute, Bristol University.

2009: Teachers College, NYC Department of Education, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), University of Florida, Florida Department of Education, Princeton Labor Lunch, National University of Singapore, Northwestern University, University of Toronto Applied Micro, Bristol University, LSE Economics of Education.

2008: University of Florida, National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellows Retreat, American Education Finance Association Meetings, Royal Holloway, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, APPAM, Dartmouth Applied Micro.

2007: MIT Public Finance, APPAM conference, McGill University, NBER Summer Institute (joint with Heather Royer), Bocconi/IGIER MILLS workshop, Bristol University, Institute of Education, Lancaster University, UC Berkeley Labor Lunch, NBER Spring Education Meetings, SOLE, NYU.

2006: Invited speaker, United Way workshop “Focus on Early Education” (Gainesville, FL), University of British Columbia, University of Florida, UC Berkeley Lunch, RAND.

2005: Bristol University, Madrid Education Quality Conference (co-organized by CEMFI and UCL), Columbia University Applied Micro, Oxford University Labor, European Society for the Study of Labor Economics (ESSLE) conference, European Economic Association (EEA) conference, NBER Summer Institute, University of Florida, University of Rochester, University of Toronto, McGill University, LSE.

2004 and earlier: UC Berkeley (March 2003, June 2004, November 2004), Oxford University (February 2002), LSE (February 2002, July 2001), CREST-INSEE (November, 2001).



Economics of Education: Princeton (Spring 2011), U Florida (Fall/Spring 2006, Spring 2008)
Labor Economics: Princeton (Fall 2009).
Multiple Regression Analysis: Cornell (Spring 2013).


Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis II: full-semester applied econometrics course, taught at Cornell (Spring 2012, Spring 2013); half-semester version taught at U Forida (Spring 2009, 2011).
Econometric Methods and Models: full-semester core graduate econometrics course taught at U Florida (Spring 2008).


Referee: American Economic Review, American Economic Journals, BEP Economic Analysis and Policy, Demography, Economica, Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, NSF, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of Economic Studies

Affiliations: Faculty Research Fellow, NBER; Research Fellow, IZA; International Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), London.


Researcher for Ruth Kelly MP, former UK Treasury Minister and Education Secretary, 1998-2000.
Research Officer, Social Market Foundation (independent think-tank), 1997-1998.