My research focuses on financial aid, student debt, post-secondary schooling, the effect of school reform on academic achievement, and the effectiveness of charter schools. 

Tax Benefits for College Attendance
        Working Paper
        Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan Dynarski. 2017. "Tax Benefits for College Attendance," in Alan Auerbach and Kent Smetters, eds., The Economics of Tax Policy. Oxford University Press.

Getting Student Financing Right in the US: Lessons from Australia and England
        Working Paper
        Nicholas Barr, Bruce Chapman, Lorraine Dearden, Susan Dynarski. 2017. "Getting Student Financing Right in the US: Lessons from Australia and England." University College, London Working Paper.

The Gap within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Student Achievement
        Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski and Katherine Michelmore. 2017. "The Gap within the Gap: Using Longitudinal Data to Understand Income Differences in Student Achievement." AERA Open (February).

Stand and Deliver: Effects of Boston's Charter Schools on College Preparation, Entry and Choice
        Journal Article      Working Paper 
        Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Susan Dynarski, Parag Pathak, and Christopher Walters. April 2016. "Stand and Deliver: Effects of Boston's Charter Schools on College Preparation, Entry and Choice."  Journal of Labor Economics 34 (2) Part 1

Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan
        Working Paper
        Brian Jacob, Susan Dynarski, Kenneth Frank, and Barbara Schneider. 2016. "Are Expectations Alone Enough? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan." EPI Working Paper.  

Labor Market Returns to Community College Awards: Evidence From Michigan
        
Working Paper
        
Peter Riley Bahr, Susan M. Dynarski, Brian A. Jacob, Daniel Kreisman, Alfredo Sosa, and Mark Wiederspan. 2015. "Labor Market Returns to Community College Awards: Evidence From Michigan." CAPSEE Working Paper. 

The Missing Manual: Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Track Post-Secondary Outcomes 
         Working Paper
         Susan M. Dynarski, Steven Hemelt, and Joshua Hyman.  2015. "The Missing Manual: Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Track Post-Secondary Outcomes."  Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 37(1): 53S-79S. 

An Economist's Perspective on Student Loans in the United States
        Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2014. "An Economist's Perspective on Student Loans in the United States." Brookings Institution Working Paper. 

Building Better Longitudinal Surveys (on the cheap) through Links to Administrative Data
       Working Paper
       Susan M. Dynarski. 2014. "Building Better Longitudinal Surveys (on the cheap) through Links to Administrative Data." Prepared for the National Academy of Education.

Simplifying Tax Incentives and Aid for College: Progress and Prospects
       Journal Article       Working Paper 
       Judith Scott-Clayton, Susan M. Dynarski, Mark Wiederspan. 2013. "Simplifying Tax Incentives and Aid for College: Progress and Prospects." Tax Policy and the Economy 27 (1).

Loans for Educational Opportunity: Making Borrowing Work for Today's Students
       
Policy Brief 
       
Daniel Kreisman and Susan M. Dynarski. 2013. "Loans for Educational Opportunity: Making Borrowing Work for Today's Students." Hamilton Project Discussion Paper.

Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Post-Secondary Attainment and Degree Completion
       
Journal Article      Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski, Joshua Hyman, and Diane Schanzenbach. 2013. "Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Post-Secondary Attainment and Degree Completion." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32(4): 692-717. 

Charter Schools and the Road to College Readiness
       Working Paper
       Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Susan M. Dynarski, Parag Pathak, and Christopher Walters. 2013. "Charter Schools and the Road to College Readiness." The Boston Foundation. 

Financial Aid Policy: Lessons from Research
       Journal Article      Working Paper
       Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2013. "Financial Aid Policy: Lessons from Research." Future of Children 23 (1): 67-91. 

Student Aid Simplification: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
        Journal Article      Working Paper
        Mark Wiederspan and Susan M. Dynarski. 2012. "Student Aid Simplification: Looking Back and Looking Ahead." National Tax Journal 65(1): 211-234. 

Who Benefits from KIPP?
        Journal Article      Working Paper 
        Joshua Angrist, Susan M. Dynarski, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, and Christopher Walters. 2012. "Who Benefits from KIPP?" Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 31(4): 837-860.  

Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in US College Entry and Completion
       Working Paper
       Martha Bailey and Susan M. Dynarski. 2011. "Gains and Gaps: Changing Inequality in US College Entry and Completion." EPI Working Paper. 

Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston's Charters and Pilots
        Journal Article      Working Paper
       Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua Angrist, Susan M. Dynarski, Thomas Kane, and Parag Pathak. 2011. "Accountability and Flexibility in Public Schools: Evidence from Boston's Charters and Pilots." Quarterly Journal of Economics 126: 699-748. 

Student Achievement in Massachusetts' Charter Schools
       Working Paper
       Joshua Angrist, Sarah Cohodes, Susan M. Dynarski, Jon Fullerton, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, and Christopher Walter. 2011. "Student Achievement in Massachusetts' Charter Schools." Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. 

Inputs and Impacts in Charter Schools: KIPP Lynn
       Journal Article
       Joshua Angrist, Susan M. Dynarski, Thomas Kane, Parag Pathak, and Christopher Walters. 2010. "Inputs and Impacts in Charter Schools: KIPP Lynn." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 100: 1-5. 

Cheaper By the Dozen: Using Sibling Discounts at Catholic Schools to Estimate the Price Elasticity of Private School Attendance
       Working Paper
       Susan M. Dynarski, Jonathan Gruber, and Danielle Li. 2009. "Cheaper By the Dozen: Using Sibling Discounts at Catholic Schools to Estimate the Price Elasticity of Private School Attendance." National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 15461.  

Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Post-Secondary Attainment of the Poor
       Working Paper
       David Deming and Susan M. Dynarski. 2009. "Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Post-secondary Attainment of the Poor." National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 15387. 

Informing the Debate: Comparing Boston's Charter, Pilot and Traditional Schools
       Working Paper
       Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Josh Angrist, Sarah 
Cohodes, Susan M. Dynarski, Jon Fullerton, Thomas Kane, and Parag Pathak. 2009. "Informing the Debate: Comparing Boston's Charter, Pilot and Traditional Schools." The Boston Foundation. 

Raising College Enrollment
         Journal Article
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2008. "Raising College Enrollment." Milken Institute Review 10(3): 37‐45. 

The Lengthening of Childhood
        Journal Article      Working Paper
       David Deming and Susan M. Dynarski. 2008. "The Lengthening of Childhood." Journal of Economic Perspectives 22(3): 71-92.  

Building the Stock of College-Educated Labor
        Journal Article      Working Paper
       Susan M. Dynarski. 2008. "Building the Stock of College-Educated Labor." Journal of Human Resources 43(3): 576-610.

Complexity and Targeting in Federal Student Aid: A Quantitative Analysis
        Journal Article      Working Paper
        Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2008. "Complexity and Targeting in Federal Student Aid: A Quantitative Analysis." Tax Policy and the Economy 22: 109-150.

Focus Tax Incentives on Those Who Need Them
        Journal Article
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2007. "Focus Tax Incentives on Those Who Need Them." Chronicle of Higher Education August 17, 2007. 

College Grants on a Postcard: A Proposal for Simple and Predictable Student Aid
        Working Paper
        Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2007. "College Grants on a Postcard: A Proposal for Simple and Predictable Student Aid." Hamilton Project discussion paper. 

The Feasibility of Streamlining Aid for College Using the Tax System
        Journal Article
        Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2007. "The Feasibility of Streamlining Aid for College Using the Tax System." 2007. National Tax Association Papers and Proceedings.

Simplify and Focus the Education Tax Incentives
         Working Paper
         Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2006. "Simplify and Focus the Education Tax Incentives." National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Cost of Complexity in Federal Student Aid: Lessons from Optimal Tax Theory and Behavioral Economics
        Working Paper
        Judith Scott-Clayton and Susan M. Dynarski. 2006. "The Cost of Complexity in Federal Student Aid: Lessons from Optimal Tax Theory and Behavioral Economics." National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper 12227. 

Tax Policy and Education Policy: Collision or Coordination? A Case Study of the 529 and Coverdell Saving Incentives
Susan Dynarski
        Journal Article      Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2004. "Tax Policy and Education Policy: Collision or Coordination? A Case Study of the 529 and Coverdell Saving Incentives." Tax Policy and the Economy 18: 81-116.  

Who Benefits from the Education Saving Incentives? Income, Educational Expectations and the Value of the 529 and Coverdell
        Journal Article      Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2004. "Who Benefits from the Education Saving Incentives? Income, Educational Expectations and the Value of the 529 and Coverdell." National Tax Journal. LVII (2 Part 2): 259-383.

The New Merit Aid
        Journal Article
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2004 "The New Merit Aid." In Conference Report College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, When to Go, and How To Pay for It, edited by Caroline M. Hoxby. National Bureau of Economic Research 63-97. 

Does Aid Matter? Measuring the Effects of Student Aid on College Attendance and Completion
        Journal Article
        Susan M. Dynarski.  2003. "Does Aid Matter? Measuring the Effects of Student Aid on College Attendance and Completion." American Economic Review 279-288. 

Loans, Liquidity and Schooling Decisions
        Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2003. "Loans, Liquidity and Schooling Decisions." 2003. National Bureau of Economic Research. 

The Behavioral and Distributional Implications of Aid for College
        Journal Article      Working Paper
       
Susan M. Dynarski. 2002.  "The Behavioral and Distributional Implications of Aid for College." American Economic Review 92(2):279-285. 

Hope for Whom? Financial Aid for the Middle Class and Its Impact on College Attendance
        Journal Article      Working Paper
        Susan M. Dynarski. 2000. "Hope for Whom? Financial Aid for the Middle Class and Its Impact on College Attendance." National Tax Journal 53(3, Part 2): 629-662.

Can Families Smooth Variable Earnings?
        Journal Article
        Jonathan Gruber and Susan M. Dynarski. 1997."Can Families Smooth Variable Earnings?" Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. 


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