Research Areas

Achievement Gap
Bilingual Education
Charter Schools
Class Size
Collection and Analysis of Longitudinal Educational Data
College Readiness
College Preparatory Curriculum
Community College Impact
Dropout
Early Childhood Education
Educational Equity
Education Effects on Workforce
GED
Growth/Economic Impacts
Neighborhood Effects
Peer Effects
Postsecondary Education
Principal Quality
Racial Composition in Schools
Reading Programs
Remedial Education
School Choice
Special Education
Teacher Quality
Top 10 Percent

Achievement Gap

Chastain, Teresa, and Daniel M. O'Brien. 2003. "Preparing at-risk children for school success."

Gentsch, Joana K. In Process. "Shared contextual influences, sources of variation and predictors of reading outcomes among ethnically diverse children in high risk urban schools." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain and Steven G. Rivkin. 2009. "New evidence about Brown v. Board of Education: The complex effects of school racial composition of achievement." Journal of Labor Economics, 27(3), 349-384.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2009. "Harming the Best: How Schools Affect the Black-White Achievement Gap." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 28(3), 366ñ393.

Hanushek, Eric A., E. L. Glaeser, and J.M. Quigley. 2004. ìOpportunities, race, and urban location: The influence of John Kain.î Journal of Urban Economics, 56(1), 70-79.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain and Steven G. Rivkin. 2000. "How much does school integration affect student achievement?"

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 2000. "Black suburbanization in Texas metropolitan areas and its impact on student achievement."

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 1999. "Minority suburbanization in Texas metropolitan areas and its impact on student achievement."

Kain, John F. 1998. "Ethnic and racial differences in graduation, dropout rates and course completions for student attend Texas public high schools."

Kain, John F. 1998. "The impact of individual teachers and peers on individual student achievement."

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 1998. "Has moving to the suburbs increased African American educational opportunities?"

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "The Advanced Placement expansion of the 1990's: How did traditionally underserved students fare?" Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(68).

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "Advanced placement: do minorities have equal opportunity?" Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 115-131.

O'Brien, Daniel M. 1999. "Family and school effects on the cognitive growth of minority and disadvantaged elementary school students."

Thomas, M. Kathleen. 2004. "The SAT II: Majority/Minority test score gaps and what they could mean for college admissions." Social Science Quarterly, 85(Special Issue: Social Science Examines Education).

Thomas, M. Kathleen. 2004. "Where college-bound students send their SAT scores: Does race matter?" Social Science Quarterly, 85 (5)(Special Issue: Social Science Examines Education).

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Bilingual Education

O'Brien, Daniel M., and Sharon Leigh Wrobel. 1998. "Assessment of bilingual education programs in a large Texas schools district."

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Charter Schools

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, Steven G. Rivkin and Gregory F. Branch. 2007. "Charter school quality and parental decision making with school choice." Journal of Public Economics, June 91(5), 823-48.

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Class Size

Hanushek, Eric A. 2000. "Evidence, politics, and the class size debate."

Jepsen, Christopher, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2009. "Class Reduction and Student Achievement: The Potential Tradeoff between Teacher Quality and Class Size." Journal of Human Resources 44(1):223-250.

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Collection and Analysis of Longitudinal Educational Data

Kain, John F. 2001. "Description of the UTD Texas Schools Project."

Kain, John F. 2001. "The UTD Texas Schools Microdata Panel (TSMP): Its history, use and ways to improve state collection of public school data."

Kain, John F. 1998. "Using TEA annual data to develop a multi-year panel data base: Lessons learned and suggested additions and improvement to TEA's data collection."

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College Readiness

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 2000. "High school outcomes and college decision of Texas public school students."

Martorell, Paco. 2005. "Essays on the determinants of educational attainment." Unpublished Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California.

Martorell, Paco. 2004. "Do high school graduation exams matter? A regression discontinuity approach."

O'Brien, Daniel M., and Teresa D. Nelson. 2004. "Strengthening college preparation and access through concurrent enrollment in high school and community college."

O'Brien, Daniel M. 2002. "The junior high effect is real: School grade spans, structural mobility and student outcomes."

Thomas, M. Kathleen. 2004. "Seeking every advantage: The phenomenon of taking both the SAT and ACT." Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 203-208.

Thomas, M. Kathleen. 2004. "The SAT II: Majority/Minority test score gaps and what they could mean for college admissions." Social Science Quarterly, 85(Special Issue: Social Science Examines Education).

Thomas, M. Kathleen. 2004. "Where college-bound students send their SAT scores: Does race matter?" Social Science Quarterly, 85 (5)(Special Issue: Social Science Examines Education).

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College Preparatory Curriculum

Chastain, Teresa. 2004. "Blurring the lines: When high schools and community colleges share curriculum."

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2010. "Does the Advanced Placement Program Save Taxpayers Money? The Effect of AP Participation on Time to College Graduation." In Promise and Impact of the Advanced Placement Program, Sadler, P., Tai, R., Klopfenstein, K. and Sonnert, G. eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Klopfenstein, Kristin, and M. Kathleen Thomas. 2010. "Advanced Placement Participation: Evaluating the Policies of States and Colleges." Promise and Impact of the Advanced Placement Program, Sadler, P., Tai, R., Klopfenstein, K. and Sonnert, G. eds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Klopfenstein, Kristin, and M. Kathleen Thomas. 2009. "The Link Between Advanced Placement Experience and Early College Success." The Southern Economic Journal, 75(3), 873ñ891.

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "The Advanced Placement expansion of the 1990's: How did traditionally underserved students fare?" Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(68).

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "Advanced placement: do minorities have equal opportunity?" Economics of Education Review, 23(2), 115-131.

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "Beyond test scores: The impact of black teacher role models on rigorous math-taking." Contemporary Economic Policy, 23(3): 1-13.

Klopfenstein, Kristin. 2004. "Recommendations for maintaining the quality of advanced placement programs." American Secondary Education, 32(1), 39-48.

Klopfenstein, Kristin, and M. Kathleen Thomas. Updated June 2006. "The link between Advanced Placement experience and college success."

Stephenson, McGregor. 2001. "The impact of high school curriculum and high school campus characteristics on graduate rates from Texas four-year public institutions of higher learning." Unpublished Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

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Community College Impact

Alexander, Bobby C., Victor Garcia, Laura Gonzalez, Geoffrey Grimes, and Dan OíBrien. 2007. ìNew Challenges for Community Colleges: Hispanic Students, Immigrants, and the Transfer Process.î Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 6(2), 174-184.

Jargowsky, Paul A., Isaac McFarlin, Jr. and Vera Holovchenko. 2005. "Community College: Help or Hindrance to Senior College Graduation."

Jargowsky, Paul A., and Vera Holovchenko. 2004. "The middle path: The community college experience in Texas."

McFarlin Jr., Isaac, Paul A. Jargowsky, and Vera Holovchenko. 2005. "Who attends Community Colleges in Texas? And Why?"

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Dropout

Galimbertti, Percy. 2008. "Teenage pregnancy and school dropouts in Texas: Effects on earnings, high school graduation and GED certification." 1. ed. Saarbr¸cken, Alemanha: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K., 2008.
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Hanushek, Eric A., Victor Lavy, and Kohtaro Hitomi. 2007. "Do students care about school quality? Determinants of dropout behavior in developing countries." Journal of Human Capital. 1(2), pp. 69-105.

Kain, John F. 1998. "Ethnic and racial differences in graduation, dropout rates and course completions for student attend Texas public high schools."

Lofstrom, Magnus J., and John H. Tyler. 2009. "Finishing High School: Alternative Pathways and Dropout Recovery." The Future of Children. 19(1), 79-105.

Lofstrom, Magnus J. 2007. "Why are Hispanic and AfricanAmerican Dropout Rates so High?" The Williams Review, 2007, 2, 91-121.

Nelson, Teresa D. 2009. "Pregnancy among Hispanic teenagers and the female Hispanic dropout rate in Texas." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

Tyler, John H., and Magnus Lofstrom. 2008. "Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?"

Tyler, John H. 2004. "Basic Skills and the earnings of dropouts." Economics of Education Review 23:3 (2004), 221-35.

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Early Childhood Education

Andrews, Rodney J., Paul Jargowsky, and Kristin Kuhne. 2012. "The Effects of Texas' Targeted Pre-Kindergarten Program on Academic Performance." NBER working paper 18598.

Kuhne, Kristin. 2008. "Pre-K Effects in Texas." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

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Educational Equity

Bucks, Brian. 2004. "Essays on affirmative action, higher education and inequality." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain and Steven G. Rivkin. 2009. "New evidence about Brown v. Board of Education: The complex effects of school racial composition of achievement." Journal of Labor Economics, 27(3), 349-384.

Hanushek, Eric A. 2007. "Incentives for Efficiency and Equity in the School System." Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 9 (Special Issue), 2008: pp. 5ñ27.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, J. M. Markman, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "Does peer ability affect student achievement?" Journal of Applied Econometrics, 18(5), 527-544.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2000. "How much does school integration affect student achievement?"

Kain, John F., and K. Singleton. 1996. "Equality of educational opportunity revisited." New England Economic Review, May/June, 88-110.

Ngugi, Irene. 2007. "Evaluating learning outcomes in the context of school finance equalization: A study of the Robin Hood policy in Texas." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

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Education Effects on Workforce

Andrews, Rodney J., Jing Li, and Michael F. Lovenheim. 2012. "Quantile Treatment Effects of College Quality on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data in Texas." NBER working paper 18068.

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GED

Lofstrom, Magnus J., and John H. Tyler. 2007. "Modeling the Signaling Value of the GED with an Application to an Exogenous Passing Standard Increase in Texas." Research in Labor Economics, vol. 28, 305-352.

Lofstrum, Magnus J., and John Tyler. 2004. "Measuring the returns to the GED: Using an exogenous change in GED passing standards as a natural experiment."

Tyler, John H., and Magnus Lofstrom. 2008. "Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts?"

Tyler, John H. 2005. "The General Educational Development (GED) Credential History, Current Research, and Directions for Policy and Practice." Review of Adult Learning and Literacy, Vol. 5, London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: 45-84.

Tyler, John H. 2004. "Does the GED improve Earnings? Estimates from a sample of both successful and unsuccessful GED candidates." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 57:4, 579-98.

Tyler, John H., Richard Murnane, and John B. Willett. 2004. "The devilís in the Details: Evidence from the GED on the Large Effects of Small Differences in High Stakes Exams." Economics of Education Review 23:4, 336-49.

Tyler, John H. 2003. "The economic benefits of the GED: Lessons from recent research." Review of Educational Research 73:3, 369-403.

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Growth/Economic Impacts

Currie, Janet, Eric Hanushek, Emily Kahn, Matthew Neidell, and Steven Rivkin. 2009. "Does Pollution Increase School Absences?" Review of Economics and Statistics, 91(4), 682ñ694.

Hanushek, Eric A. 2007. "Education Production Functions." In Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Hanushek, Eric A. 2005. "The Economics of School Quality." German Economic Review 6(3), August 2005, pp. 269-286.

Lofstrom, Magnus J., and John H. Tyler. 2007. "Modeling the Signaling Value of the GED with an Application to an Exogenous Passing Standard Increase in Texas." Research in Labor Economics, vol. 28, 305-352.

Tyler, John H. 2003. "The economic benefits of the GED: Lessons from recent research." Review of Educational Research 73:3, 369-403.

Vijverberg, Wim. 2004. "Early Human Capital Skills and Labor Market Entry."

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Neighborhood Effects

Jargowsky, Paul A. and Mohamed El Komi. 2010. "Before or After the Bell: School Context and Neighborhood Effects on Student Achievement." pp. 50-72 in Harriet Newburger, EugÈnie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, eds., Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Federal Reserve Board and Penn Institute for Urban Research.

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Peer Effects

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, J. M. Markman, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "Does peer ability affect student achievement?" Journal of Applied Econometrics, 18(5), 527-544.

Hoxby, Caroline M. 2000. "Peer effects in the classroom: Learning from gender variation."

Kain, John F. 1998. "The impact of individual teachers and peers on individual student achievement."

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Postsecondary Education

Andrews, Rodney J., Jing Li, and Michael F. Lovenheim. 2012. "Quantile Treatment Effects of College Quality on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data in Texas." NBER working paper 18068.

Flores, Stella M., and Toby J. Park. 2013. "Race, ethnicity, and college success: Examining the continued significance of the Minority-Serving Institution." Educational Researcher (conditionally accepted).

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Principal Quality

Branch, Gregory F., Eric A. Hanushek, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2012. "Estimating the Effect of Leaders on Public Sector Productivity: The Case of School Principals." NBER working paper 17803.

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Racial Composition in Schools

Berg, Nathan. 2003. "Race-switching in Texas: Empirical evidence of the constructionist hypothesis?"

Berg, Nathan. In Progress. "Affirmative action, race-based admissions criteria, and other institutional determinants of racial self-identification: Evidence from Texas."

Berg, Nathan. In Progress. "Inconsistent racial measures: A problem for social science research?"

Berg, Nathan. In Progress. "Perceptions of racial composition in Texas schools: Systematic biases uncovered."

Bucks, Brian. 2004. "Affirmative access versus affirmative action: How have Texas' race-blind policies affected college outcomes?"

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 2000. "Black suburbanization in Texas metropolitan areas and its impact on student achievement."

Kain, John F., and Daniel M. O'Brien. 1999. "Minority suburbanization in Texas metropolitan areas and its impact on student achievement."

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Reading Programs

O'Brien, Daniel M., and A. M. Ware. 2002. "Implementing research-based reading programs in the Fort Worth Independent School District." Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 7(2), 167-195.

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Remedial Education

Martorell, Paco and Isaac McFarlin, Jr. 2010. "Help or Hindrance? The Effects of College Remediation on Academic and Labor Market Outcomes."

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School Choice

Cullen, Julie B., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "The role of special education in school choice." The Economics School Choice. C. M. Hoxby. Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Press.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, Steven G. Rivkin, and Gregory F. Branch. 2007. "Charter school quality and parental decision making with school choice." Journal of Public Economics, June 91(5), 823-48.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "Disruption versus Tiebout improvement: The costs and benefits of switching schools." Journal of Public Economics, 88, 1721-1746.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 1999. "The cost of switching schools."

Maloney, Kate. 2006. "The effect of Texas charter high schools on diploma graduation and General Educational Development (GED) attainment." Unpublished Ph.D., University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

O'Brien, Daniel M., and James C. Murdoch. 2000. "School choice in a large Texas school district."

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Special Education

Cullen, Julie B., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "The role of special education in school choice." The Economics School Choice. C. M. Hoxby. Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Press.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2002. "Inferring program effects for special populations: Does special education raise achievement for students with disabilities?" Review of Economics and Statistics, 84(4), 584-599.

Winford, Clenton. 2003. "Factors associated with the academic performance of visually impaired public school students: A quantitative analysis of TAAS performance." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

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Teacher Quality

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2012. "The Distribution of Teacher Quality and Implications for Policy." Annual Review of Economics, 4 September 2012, pp. 131-157.

Hanushek, Eric A., Steven G. Rivkin. 2010. "Constrained Job Matching: Does Teacher Job Search Harm Disadvantaged Urban Schools?" NBER working paper 15816.

Hanushek, Eric A. 2010. "The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality."NBER working paper 16606.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2010. "Generalizations about Using Value-Added Measures of Teacher Quality." American Economic Review 100(2), 267-71.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2010. "The Quality and Distribution of Teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(3), 133-150.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2004. "How to improve the supply of high quality teachers." Brookings Papers on Education Policy 2004. D. Ravitch. Washington, DC, Brookings Institution Press.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2003. "Does public school competition affect teacher quality?" The Economics of School Choice. C. M. Hoxby. Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Press: 23-47.

Hanushek, Eric A., and Steven G. Rivkin. 2004. "How to improve the supply of high quality teachers." In D. Ravitch (Ed.), Brookings Papers on Education Policy 2004. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, Daniel M. O'Brien, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2005. "The market for teacher quality."

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2004. "The revolving door." Education Next, 4, no.1(Winter), 77-82.

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. 2004. "Why public schools lose teachers." Journal of Human Resources, 39(2).

Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain and Steven G. Rivkin. 1999. "Do higher salaries buy better teachers?"

Jepsen, Christopher and Steven G. Rivkin. 2009. "Class Reduction and Student Achievement: The Potential Tradeoff between Teacher Quality and Class Size." Journal of Human Resources 44(1):223-250.

Pai, Kalpana. 2004. "Academic performance in Texas schools: Micro-econometric models of student achievement." Unpublished Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

Rivkin, Steven G., Eric A. Hanushek, and John F. Kain. 2005. "Teachers, schools and academic achievement." Econometrica, 73(2), 417-458.

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Top 10 Percent

Bucks, Brian. 2003. "The effects of Texas' Top Ten Percent Plan on college choice."

Kain, John F., Daniel M. O'Brien, and Paul A. Jargowsky. 2005. "Hopwood and the Top 10 Percent Law: How they have affected the college enrollment decision of Texas high school graduates."

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