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Brian A. Jacob

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Education
Jacob is co-director of the Youth Policy Lab. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. Jacob's current research focuses on urban school reform, with a particular emphasis on standards and accountability initiatives.
In the Media

Reducing student loan debt is a significant step - Michelmore

Sep 12, 2022 Oakland Press
Over 1.3 million Michiganders hold around $50 billion in student loan debt, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education. The Biden administration's plan to forgive $10,000 of loan debt, and up to $20,000 for those students who...
News

Jacob in the media discussing Flint academic performance study

May 22, 2022
The recent Education Policy Initiative study about Flint, which found Math achievement for school-age children in Flint decreased and the proportion of children with special needs increased as a result of the Michigan city's water crisis during...
In the Media

School funding and crime report highlighted

May 20, 2022 NewsNation
News Nation took note of the EPI working paper, "Public School Funding, School Quality, and Adult Crime." "Can investing in schools -- better teachers, better facilities -- actually reduce crime?" the article asks.  It notes, "A trio of...
Publication

EPI studies Flint water crisis effects on academic outcomes

May 19, 2022
Math achievement for school-age children in Flint decreased and the proportion of children with special needs increased as a result of the Michigan city's water crisis during 2014-16, according to a new University of Michigan study. Those are the...
In the Media

HAIL program research discussed in Forbes

Apr 6, 2022 Forbes
Forbes magazine notes, "Simplicity Matters For Free College," citing a recent U-M Education Policy Initiative study, The Power of Certainty: Experimental Evidence on the Effective Design of Free Tuition Programs. "The simplicity of the message from...
In the Media

Jacob discusses chronic absenteeism fueled by pandemic

Feb 20, 2022 The Columbus Dispatch
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the nation are struggling with rising absenteeism rates. Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, weighed in on the issue.  "There was a once-in-a-century global public...
In the Media

EPI paper cited on COVID crisis in education

Jan 31, 2022 Washington Post
The Washington Post reported on the "crisis of epic proportions" being faced by public education across areas of absenteeism, enrollment, teacher shortages, and other issues, many brought on by the adjustments needed for remote learning caused by...
News

Early education expert Weiland on the Build Back Better bill

Dec 13, 2021
Experts at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the Build Back Better bill making its way to the Senate floor. Below is an excerpt from a Michigan News faculty Q&A. Christina Weiland is an associate professor at the School of...
News

Leveraging technology to improve education outcomes

Nov 29, 2021
Researchers from U-M campuses and all across the country are using education data provided by the State of Michigan to study a wide variety of topics ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on public school enrollment to the role of neighborhood...
In the Media

Tompkins-Stange on "breaking up the philanthropy boys club"

Sep 30, 2021 The New York Times
Although philanthropy used to happen in a room full of men, the sector is shifting. There has been an uptick in not only women involved in philanthropy, but also the sector's support of women and girls' organizations. “Philanthropy has been a...
State & Hill

Building strength

Jun 10, 2021
With new leading-edge research and faces at the school, the Ford School builds depth in two key policy areas. Energy and the environment Economics, political science, psychology, and community engagement are at the roots of the Ford School’s...
News

Examining Detroit students' college pathways

May 26, 2021
Academic and non-academic barriers are preventing Detroit high school students from enrolling and succeeding in college. Detroit Students’ College Pathways and Outcomes, a policy brief released by the Youth Policy Lab (YPL) at the University of...