Derek Neal

Department of Economics & The Committee on Education
University of Chicago 

Bio Sketch


Working Papers

"Allocating Effort and Talent in Professional Labor Markets" - March, 2016

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

Appendix Materials


"The Prison Boom and Sentencing Policy" - August, 2015  (forthcoming Journal of Legal Sudies)

Appendix Materials

Selected Publications

"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
"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.