I am an applied micro economist and my research focuses on the study of education markets. I use this combination of insights from Industrial Organization, Labor Economics and Public Economics to design and evaluate public policies using a mix of experimental methods together with the estimation of structural microeconomic models of firm and consumer behavior.

I work at Princeton University, where I have a joint appointment at the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I am a member of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research

To see my CV, click here. 

A theme in my research agenda is to focus on working with governments and administrative offices that are currently designing or implementing policies that are relevant to my areas of interest. This relationship with policymakers will often present the opportunity to influence the design of the policy, both to potentially improve it based on prior evidence as well as to facilitate ex post evaluation. The MineduLAB I helped start with JPAL and IPA in Peru is an example (Read more here or here). The research center on higher education CIIP in the ministry of education of Peru is another example. In my recent research I have applied these ideas to the study of education markets in Chile leveraging the development of administrative data systems and important new policy changes. 

In ongoing work I am exploring similar concepts in new projects working with the school district in New Haven, CT as well as the governments of Peru and the Dominican Republic. The AVE project in Dominican Republic is one example.  My project DFM in Peru is another example.

Christopher Neilson
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs