Derek Neal

William C. Norby Professor

University of Chicago, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
The Committee on Education and the NBER

Bio Sketch


Release Date May, 2018: 
"Information, Incentives, and Education Policy," Harvard University Press, May, 2018.
Book Cover

Working Papers
"The Prison Boom & The Lack of Black Progress after Smith & Welch," June 27, 2014 version.

Appendix Materials


Selected Publications

"Educator Incentives and Educational Triage in Rural Primary Schools", with Dan Gilligan, Naureen Karachiwalla, Ibrahim Kasirye, Adrienne Lucas - forthcoming JHR.
"Allocating Effort and Talent in Professional Labor Markets," with Gadi Barlevy, Journal of Labor Economics, 2019, vol. 37, no. 1, January, 2019.

"The Prison Boom and Sentencing Policy,"  joint with Armin Rick, Journal of Legal Studies, January, 2016.

"The Consequences of Using one Assessment System to Pursue two Objectives," The Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 44, No. 4 (2013), pp. 339–352.

"Pay for Percentile," with Gadi Barlevy. American Economic Review, Vol. 102, No. 5 (2012), pp. 1805–1831.

"The Design of Performance Pay in Education," Handbook of the Economics of EducationVol. 4, (2011), pp. 495-550.

"Aiming for Efficiency Rather than Proficiency," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Summer 2010), pp. 119–132.

"Left Behind by Design: Proficiency Counts and Test-Based Accountability," with Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 92, No. 2 (May 2010), pp. 263-283.

"Why Has Black–White Skill Convergence Stopped?," Handbook of the Economics of EducationVol. 1, (2006), pp. 511-576.

"The Measured Black‐White Wage Gap among Women Is Too Small," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 112, No. S1, Papers in Honor of Sherwin Rosen: A Supplement to Volume 112 (February 2004), pp. S1-S28.

"How Vouchers Could Change the Market for Education," Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 16, No. 4, (Autumn, 2002), pp. 25-44.

"Further Evidence on the Effects of Catholic Secondary Schooling," with Jeff Grogger. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (2000), pp. 151-193.

"The Complexity of Job Mobility among Young Men," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 1999), pp. 237-261.

"The Effects of Catholic Secondary Schooling on Educational Achievement," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 15, No. 1, Part 1. (Jan., 1997), pp. 98-123.

"The Role of Premarket Factors in Black-White Wage Differences," with William R. Johnson. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 104, No. 5 (Oct., 1996), pp. 869-895.

"Industry-Specific Human Capital: Evidence from Displaced Workers," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 13, No. 4 (Oct., 1995), pp. 653-677.

Commentary and Policy Papers

“Life Cycle Wage Dyamics and Labor Mobility," forthcoming in the Special 125th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Political Economy. 

“Nobel Lessons for Education Researchers and Policymakers,” Education Next, October, 2016.


"A Different Approach to Assessment-Based Accountability," with Gadi Barlevy -- October, 2011, VOX

Interview in Region Focus -- Third Quarter, 2011, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


The 50th Annual Financial Literacy and Economics Education Conference
-- October, 2011

Percentile Performance Index Software (documentation included)
This software is still preliminary.  Check back often as we are working on adding confidence intervals to the percentile scores.