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. "When Incentives Matter Too Much: Explaining Significant Responses to Irrelevant Information" with Jacob Vigdor, Forthcoming Journal of Human Capital. [pdf file]

  2. "Optimal Long-Run Talent Management of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce in Response to COVID-19: A Dynamic Programming Approach" with Amilcar Menichini, Forthcoming Defense Acquisition Research Journal. [pdf file]

  3. "How Long Have You Been Waiting? Explaining the Role of Irrelevant Information in the Promotion of U.S. Navy Officers" with Jason Niven and Andrew Veilleux, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 41 No. 2 pp. 604-614. [pdf file]

  4. "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]

  5. "Peer Delinquency and Student Achievement in Middle School" with Justin Trogdon, Labour Economics, Vol. 44, pp. 192 - 217 [pdf file] [NC Network Map] [prior draft]

  6. "A Theory of Dynamic Investment in Education in Response to Accountability Pressure" Economics Letters, Vol. 149, pp. 75–78. [pdf file, appendix]

  7. "Matching Strategies of Teachers and Schools in General Equilibrium" IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 4: 5 [link]

  8. "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]

  9. "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]

  10. "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]

  11. “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]

  12. "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]

  13. "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]

  14. “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]

  15. “Distributional Impacts of a Local Living Wage Increase with Ability Sorting” Economics Letters, Vol. 112, Issue 3, pp. 283 - 286 [pdf file-includes proofs]

  16. “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]

  17. “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]

  18. "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. NBER Working Paper #26556. - Revise and Resubmit at Econometrica

"Predicting worker retention: a machine-learning approach with the Royal Australian Navy" with Stephen Cole, James Fan, and Christopher Griffin.

"The Importance of Matching Effects for Labor Productivity: Evidence from Teacher-Student Interactions" with Esteban Aucejo and Jon James.

"Examining Longer-term Outcomes for Virtual Algebra I in North Carolina" with Jenni Heissel.

"Peer Effects in Financial Decision Making: Evidence from Choices amongst Military Retirement System" with Jesse Cunha and Patrick Veith.

"The Impact of NCLB's Accountability Sanctions on School Performance: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from North Carolina” with Jacob Vigdor. NBER Working Paper # 20511.

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]

  • fivethirtyeight.com "No Child Left Behind Worked" (Dec. 22, 2015) [link]

  • vox.com "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."

"Opening the Black Box: Behavioral Responses of Teachers and Principals to Pay-for-Performance Incentive Programs" with Jacob Vigdor.

"Mend it, don't end it: Optimal Mortality in Affairs of Honor" with Jeremy Sandford and Paul Shea.

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]