Elizabeth U. Cascio

Associate Professor of Economics

My areas of expertise include the economics of education as well as labor and public economics. My work looks at how public education relates to child and family well-being and to date has focused on study of the historic shifts in state and federal education policy and student demographics in the United States since the 1960s.

Curriculum Vitae
A.B. Franklin and Marshall College
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

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Selected Publications

Valuing the Vote: The Redistribution of Voting Rights and State Funds After the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (with Ebonya Washington). The Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming. Pre-publication version (July 2013). Online Appendix. Summary in The NBER Digest (June 2012)

Local Responses to Federal Grants: Evidence from the Introduction of Title I in the South (with Nora Gordon and Sarah Reber). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming August 2013. Pre-publication version (July 2012) Online Appendix

The Poverty Gap in School Spending Following the Introduction of Title I (with Sarah Reber).  American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings,   103(3), 423-427, May 2013. Pre-publication version (January 2013)

Cracks in the Melting Pot: Immigration, School Choice, and Segregation (with Ethan Lewis). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(3), 91-117, August 2012. Pre-publication version (May 2011) Online Appendix

Is Being in School Better? The Impact of School on Children’s BMI When Starting Age is Endogenous (with Patricia Anderson, Kristin Butcher, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach). Journal of Health Economics, 30(5), 977-986, September 2011. Pre-publication version (May 2011)

Paying for Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools (with Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis, and Sarah Reber). The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(1), 445-482, February 2010. NBER Working Paper 14869 (April 2009) Online Appendix

Maternal Labor Supply and the Introduction of Kindergartens into American Public Schools. The Journal of Human Resources, 44(1), 140-170, Winter 2009. Pre-publication version (December 2007)

From Brown to Busing (with Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis and Sarah Reber). Journal of Urban Economics, 64(2), 296-325, September 2008. Pre-publication version (January 2008)

Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood (with Damon Clark and Nora Gordon). Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(3), 47-70, Summer 2008. NBER Working Paper 14073 (June 2008) Summary in FRBSF Economic Letter 2008-22, July 18, 2008

Schooling and the Armed Forces Qualifying Test: Evidence from School-Entry Laws (with Ethan Lewis). The Journal of Human Resources, 41(2), 294-318, Spring 2006. Pre-publication version (October 2005)

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Works in Progress

"Knowledge, Tests, and Fadeout in Educational Interventions," with D. Staiger, NBER Working Paper 18038 (May 2012)

"Do Investments in Universal Early Education Pay Off?  Long-term Effects of Introducing Kindergartens into Public Schools," NBER Working Paper 14951 (May 2009)

"First in the Class?  Age and the Education Production Function," with D Schanzenbach, NBER Working Paper 13663 (revised April 2013)