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CLOSUP Visiting Scholars


Visiting Scholars for the 2008-09 Academic Year




Andrew Leigh

October 20, 2008 - November 19, 2008

Andrew Leigh is an associate professor in the Economics Program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. His current research is in the fields of labor economics, public finance and the economics of elections. He holds a PhD from Harvard University, and has previously worked as a lawyer, a political adviser, and a think-tank researcher. He has published over thirty journal articles and two books, is a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review, and writes a semi-daily weblog. In 2006, he received an Early Career Award from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.


Amine Ouazad

November 24, 2008 - December 17, 2008

Amine Ouazad is Assistant Professor of Economics at INSEAD. He holds a Ph.D. from the Paris School of Economics and graduated from the Ecole polytechnique in 2003. Amine is also an associate researcher at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and is affiliated to CREST-INSEE.

He has taught microeconomics for four years at the London School of Economics, the Institute for Political Science in Paris, "Sciences Po", and ENSAE. Prior to joining INSEAD faculty in 2008, Amine has been a research associate at the London School of Economics, a junior researcher at CREST-INSEE, and a visiting researcher at Princeton University.

Amine's research focuses on the economics of discrimination, the economics of education and labor economics. More specifically, Amine has worked with U.K. and U.S. data to analyze the determinants of inequalities and racial and gender biases.

He has presented his work at the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, Princeton University, Boston College, Columbia University, Uppsala University, the Paris School of Economics, University College London, the European Institute in Florence, Cornell University, Carlos III in Madrid, New York University, CREST-INSEE and the University of Bonn. He is a referee for the Economic Journal.




Visiting Scholars for the 2007-08 Academic Year



Isaac McFarlin Jr.

September, 2007 - May, 2009

Isaac McFarlin Jr. received his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University. He also holds a bachelors degree from Boston University. He is a labor economist who uses large-scale administrative databases to investigate the systemic impacts of education policy on student wellbeing. His research interests include evaluations of policies that help shape college access and student retention as well as labor market success.

Dr. McFarlin's research is supported by several organizations, including the Spencer and Smith Richardson Foundations, and the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. McFarlin is a Postdoc Fellow at the Ford School's National Poverty Center for the period 2007-2009. While at the Ford School, Dr. McFarlin is also collaborating with CLOSUP in education research activities.



Jonah Rockoff

January - February, 2008

Jonah E. Rockoff is Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at the Columbia Graduate School of Business and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Rockoff's interests center on local public finance and the economics of education. He has done research on the determinants of property taxation and expenditure in local public school districts, the relation between crime risk and local property values, the impact of teachers and teacher certification on student achievement, and measuring the educational quality of charter schools. His current work focuses on identifying pre-employment indicators of effective teachers, and how teacher induction programs and mentoring can improve outcomes for new teachers. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2004 and a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College.



Jacob Vigdor

November - December, 2007

Jacob Vigdor is Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999. His research interests are in the broad areas of education policy, housing policy, and political economy. Within those areas, he has published numerous scholarly articles on the topics of residential segregation, immigration, housing affordability, the consequences of gentrification, the determinants of student achievement in elementary school, the causes and consequences of delinquent behavior among adolescents, teacher turnover, civic participation and voting patterns, and racial inequality in the labor market. Vigdor has taught at Duke since 1999.


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