Economics

Professor Elizabeth Cascio's research featured in ​New York Times

Prof. Elizabeth Cascio's recent research “Does Universal Preschool Hit the Target?  Program Access and Preschool Impacts" was featured in New York Times Op-Ed "Some Good News — Seriously — About Politics" published on 06/03/2018, editorial by NYT Opinion Columnist David Leonhardt.

Study: DACA increased immigrants’ education, labor force participation, and productivity

Professor Na'ama Shenhav (with Elira Kuka and Kevin Shih)'s working paper “Do Human Capital Decisions Respond to the Returns to Education? Evidence from DACA,” was released in February by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper studies the human capital responses of undocumented youth to a salient shock in the returns to schooling provided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Tracking the outcomes of undocumented youth before and after DACA, the authors provide compelling evidence that an important share of the gap in the high school graduation, college attendance and teenage pregnancy of undocumented students and their peers is attributable to the uncertain and limited returns to schooling. The study found that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program under fire by the Trump Administration has significantly changed the lives of young people who came to the United States illegally as children.

Interested in Joining Dartmouth 2018 Fed Challenge Team?

Dartmouth participates in an academic competition called the College Fed Challenge, and has sent teams to the Boston Fed Challenge Regional Competition since 2008. The College Fed Challenge is “intended to help students become more knowledgeable about the Fed and the decision-making process of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-setting group.” 

2018 Fed Challenge Info Session: Thursday 5:00pm. May 3rd in Silsby 113. 

For details please see Dartmouth Fed Challenge.

Dartmouth Economist Proposes Tax Breaks for Preschool Costs

Associate Professor of Economics Elizabeth Cascio recently argued for a federal child care tax credit that shifts benefits to lower-income families at a national forum on “Policies to Promote Women’s Economic Opportunity.”

Cascio was invited to present her work at the conference, which brought together leading voices in academia, business, and politics, including top Facebook executive and LeanIn.org founder Sheryl Sandberg, Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat who has represented Silicon Valley for more than 20 years. The forum was sponsored by the Hamilton Project, LeanIn.org., and Stanford Law School, which hosted the conference.

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