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Sarah Cohodes

Associate professor

Sarah Cohodes is an associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She uses quantitative causal inference methods to evaluate education policies and programs and is known for her influential research on charter schools. Her research focuses on school choice, programs for high-achieving students, and settings that support access to high-quality education. 


Educational background

  • PhD in Public Policy, Harvard University
  • EdM in Education Policy and Management, Harvard University

Professional affiliations

  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Co-editor, Journal of Public Economics
  • Faculty affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
  • Research affiliate with CESifo
  • Faculty affiliate with Blueprint Labs (formerly MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Institute)

Recent publications

  • Cohodes, Sarah R., Sean P., Jennifer L. Jennings, and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj. “When Do Informational Interventions Work? Experimental Evidence from New York City High School Choice.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Forthcoming. PDF Online Appendix NBER Version
    Press Coverage: For All (Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank)
  • Cohodes, Sarah R., Ozkan Eren, and Orgul Ozturk. “Teacher Performance Pay, Coaching, and Long-Run Student Outcomes.” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 31056, 2023. NBER Version PDF
  • Cohodes, Sarah R., Helen Ho, and Silvia C. Robles. “STEM Summer Programs for Underrepresented Youth Increase STEM Degrees.” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 30227, 2022. NBER Version PDF Online Appendix VoxEU summary NBER Digest
    Press Coverage: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The74
  • Cohodes, Sarah R. and James J. Feigenbaum. “Why Does Education Increase Voting? Evidence from Boston’s Charter Schools.” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 29308, 2021, Updated 2023. NBER Version PDF
    Press Coverage: Bloomberg Opinion, The74