Tom Ahn

Assistant Professor

Naval Postgraduate School

contact: sahn1 [at] nps [dot] edu

Curriculum Vitae [pdf file] [Google Scholar]

Published or Accepted Papers (Peer-Reviewed):

  1. "Strategic Matching of Schools and Teachers with (and without) Accountability Pressure" Education Finance and Policy Vol. 12, Issue 4, pp. 516-535. [pdf file, theory appendix, table appendix]
  2. "Peer Delinquency and Student Achievement in Middle School" with Justin Trogdon, Labour Economics Vol. 44, pp. 192 - 217 [pdf file] [NC Network Map] [old]
  3. "A Theory of Dynamic Investment in Education in Response to Accountability Pressure" Economics Letters, Vol. 149, pp. 75–78. [pdf file, appendix]
  4. "Matching Strategies of Teachers and Schools in General Equilibrium" IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 4: 5 [link]
  5. "The Effect of Sharing a Mother Tongue with Peers: Evidence from North Carolina Middle Schools" with Chris Jepsen, IZA Journal of Migration, Vol. 4: 5. [link, appendix]
  6. "The Short-Run Impacts of Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Legislation" with Aaron Yelowitz, Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 15, pp. 1267 - 1272. [pdf file, theory, appendix]
  7. "Geo-spatial Patterns in Influenza Vaccination: Evidence from Uninsured and Publicly-Insured Children in North Carolina" with Justin Trogdon, American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 43 (3), pp. 234-240. [pdf file]
  8. “Geo-spatial Patterns in HPV Vaccination Uptake: Evidence from Uninsured and Publicly-Insured Children in North Carolina” with Justin Trogdon, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, Vol. 24, pp. 595-602. [pdf file, appendix]
  9. "A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Graduation Standards and Their Impact on Students' Academic Trajectories." Economics of Education Review, Vol. 37, pp. 64 - 75. [pdf file, appendix]
  10. "A Note on Bubbles and Worthless Assets: The Curious Case of General Motors" with Jeremy Sandford and Paul Shea. Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp 244 - 254. [pdf file , all results]
  11. “The Missing Link: Estimating the Impact of Incentives on Teacher Effort and Instructional Effectiveness Using Teacher Accountability Legislation Data.” Journal of Human Capital, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 230 - 273. [pdf file, appendix]
  12. “Distributional Impacts of a Local Living Wage Increase with Ability Sorting” Economics Letters, Vol. 112, Issue 3, pp. 283 - 286 [pdf file-includes proofs]
  13. “Explaining Cross-Racial Differences in Teenage Labor Force Participation: Results from a Two-Sided Search Model”, with Peter Arcidiacono, Alvin Murphy, and Omari Swinton. Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 156, Issue 1, pp. 201 - 211 [pdf file]
  14. “The Distributional Impacts of Minimum Wage Increases when Both Labor Supply and Labor Demand are Endogenous” with Peter Arcidiacono and Walter Wessels, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Vol. 29, No. 1: 12 - 23. [pdf file]
  15. "Paying to Queue: A Theory of Persistent Differences in Nonunion Wage", with Peter Arcidiacono. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 564 - 579. [pdf file]

Working Papers:

"Equilibrium Grade Inflation with Implications for Female Interest in STEM Majors" with Peter Arcidiacono, Amy Hopson, and James Thomas. Dec. 2019. NBER Working Paper #26556 [pdf file] - Revise and Resubmit at Econometrica

"When Incentives Matter Too Much: Explaining Significant Responses to Irrelevant Information" with Jacob Vigdor, Mar. 2016. NBER Working Paper # 20321 [pdf file, appendix] - Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Human Capital

"Multi-dimensional VAM with Matching: Evidence from North Carolina" with Esteban Aucejo and Jon James, Dec 2018 [coming soon]

"Peer Effects in Financial Decision Making: Evidence from Choices amongst Military Retirement System" with Jesse Cunha and Patrick Veith, Dec 2018 [coming soon]

"The Impact of NCLB's Accountability Sanctions on School Performance: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from North Carolina” with Jacob Vigdor, Aug.2014. NBER Working Paper # 20511 [pdf file, table appendix, figure appendix]

Selected Media Exposure:

  • National Public Radio: All Things Considered. "No Child Left Behind: What Worked, What Didn't" (Oct. 27, 2015) [link]
  • National Public Radio: All Things Considered. "Forcing Schools To Hit The 'Reset' Button" (Oct. 27, 2015) [link]
  • "No Child Left Behind Worked" (Dec. 22, 2015) [link]
  • "The scariest lessons of No Child Left Behind" (July 27, 2015) [link]
  • NBER Digest (Feb 2015) [link]

"Cracking Under Pressure: The Information Gap and the Sub-optimal Responses of First-Generation College Students to Academic and Financial Pressures" Sept. 2016. [coming soon]

"Opening the Black Box: Behavioral Responses of Teachers and Principals to Pay-for-Performance Incentive Programs" with Jacob Vigdor, Mar. 2016 [coming soon, table appendix]

"Mend it, don't end it: Optimal Mortality in Affairs of Honor" with Jeremy Sandford and Paul Shea. Aug. 2014. [pdf file]

Other Papers:

“The Problem with Measuring Effects of Delinquent Peers in Education-and How to Get Around It” with Justin Trogdon, Feb. 2017. The Brookings Institution, Brown Center Chalkboard [link]

  • Summarized and republished in The Education Digest 82(9), 18. 2017.

"The Labor Market Impact of Paid Sick Leave" 2016. [pdf file]

"Were All Those Standardized Tests for Nothing? The Lessons of No Child Left Behind" with Jacob Vigdor, 2013. [pdf file]

"Making Teacher Incentives Work: Lessons from North Carolina’s Teacher Bonus Program" with Jacob Vigdor, 2011. [pdf file]

"Dropout Prevention: Strategies for improving high school graduation rates" with various, 2008. [pdf file]

"Minimum Wages and Job Search: What Do Employment Effects Really Measure?" with Peter Arcidiacono, 2004. [pdf file]