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Susan M. Dynarski

Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of Education, School of Education
(734) 615-5113
Weill Hall
735 S. State St. #5132
Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Susan Dynarski is a professor of public policy, education and economics at the University of Michigan, where she holds appointments at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, School of Education, Department of Economics and Institute for Social Research. She is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Dynarski earned an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Dynarski has been a Visiting Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Princeton University as well as an associate professor at Harvard University. She has been an editor of The Journal of Labor Economics and Education Finance and Policy and is currently on the board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She has been elected to the boards of the Association for Public Policy and Management and the Association for Education Finance and Policy. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awarded her the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research on student aid. Dynarski has testified about education and tax policy before the US Senate Finance Committee, the US House Ways and Means Committee and the President's Commission on Tax Reform.

Educational Background:

AB, Social Studies, Harvard University MS, Public Policy, Harvard University PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recent Publications:

--Inputs and Impacts in Charter Schools: KIPP Lynn (with Joshua Angrist, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak and Christopher Walters). American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings. 2010. --Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston's Charters and Pilots (with Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua Angrist, Thomas Kane and Parag Pathak). NBER Working Paper 15549. November 2009. --Cheaper By the Dozen: Using Sibling Discounts at Catholic Schools to Estimate the Price Elasticity of Private School Attendance (with Jonathan Gruber and Danielle Li). NBER Working Paper 15461. October 2009. --Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Postsecondary Attainment of the Poor (with David Deming). NBER Working Paper 15387. September 2009 (This working paper is forthcoming in Phil Levine and David Zimmerman, eds. Targeting Investments in Children: Fighting Poverty When Resources are Limited.) --Informing the Debate: Comparing Boston's Charter, Pilot and Traditional Schools (with Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Josh Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Jon Fullerton, Thomas Kane, and Parag Pathak). Boston Foundation Research Report. January 2009.