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Merrill

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Public and Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Econometrics and Statistics

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Performance Pay and Teacher Incentives

One of the central ideas of economics is that people respond to incentives. How does this principle apply to paying teachers? Well, it's complicated! Students could learn about -Value added models of teacher pay -Recent state policies that implement performance pay for teachers -Arguments for and against adding performance pay to teacher salaries -Current empirical evidence on the effects of performance teacher pay policies on student outcomes

Coding skills

STATA, Python, MATLAB, R

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