Hideo Akabayashi is a Professor of Economics at Keio University. His research areas are in economics of education and family economics. His publications include an economic theory of child development and empirical investigations concerning the effects of class size and private school vouchers in Japan.
Peter Blair is currently an Assistant Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University, where he serves at the Principal Investigator of the BE-Lab. His group's research in applied micro-theory focuses on labor market discrimination, residential segregation, and supply-side questions in higher education. They also study questions related to economic growth and education in the developing work.
Robert D. Mare is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1998. At UCLA he served as the founding Director of the California Center for Population Research from 1998 to 2003. For 20 years prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alyn McCarty joined Research for Action in 2017 as a Research Associate. At RFA, Alyn is the project director on a large, multi-year evaluation of an early literacy program in Philadelphia pre-k centers, and conducts quantitative research and analyses on several other projects. Prior to joining RFA, Alyn was a Health Disparities Research Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research and served as a Research Scientist for the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Greg Walton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Much of his research investigates psychological processes that contribute to major social problems and how "wise" interventions that target these processes can help address such problems. These psychological interventions can be minor in scope and duration but generate long-lasting effects.
Sarah Turner is University Professor of Economics and Education at the University of Virginia and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Turner's research focuses on both the supply and demand sides of the education market and the link with the labor market, with particular attention to how public policies affect outcomes.
Todd Stinebrickner is a labor economist with a specialization in the area of education. He is the director of the Berea Panel Study. This longitudinal study of students from low income backgrounds was initiated with the aim of understanding how important decisions are made during college and during the early portion of individuals' post-college lives.
Stinebrickner received a B.S. in Mathematics (Summa cum laude) from St. Bonaventure University in 1992, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1993 and 1996 respectively.
Marla Ripoll joined the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Economics in 2000. Although initially interested in understanding the role of credit in explaining recessions and expansions of the economy, her most recent research centers on development economics. Marla's interests in this field range from technology creation and adoption, to inequality and agricultural development, and more recently to schooling and demographics.
Friedhelm Pfeiffer studied economics at the Universities of Freiburg i. Br., Bern (Switzerland) and Mannheim. He is a senior researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and a lecturer at the University of Mannheim, Department of Economics. For his research on the determinants of self-employment and on wage rigidities in the German system of wage determination he received several scientific awards, among others the Wolfgang-Ritter Award.
Salvador Navarro is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Demography and Ecology at Wisconsin. His research focuses on questions of identification in applied microeconomics problems.