Seth Gershenson
Research Fellow

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Gershenson Seth Gershenson is Associate Professor of Public Policy in American University’s School of Public Affairs.

He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2011 and a B.S. in Economics from Drexel University in 2005.

His primary research interests are in the economics of education, specifically issues relating to teacher labor markets, parents’ and students’ time use, summer learning loss, the development of character skills, and the role of expectations in the education production function.

Dr. Gershenson’s research has been supported by the W.E. Upjohn Institute, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Economics of Education Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Economics Letters, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and Transportation Research Part A.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2015.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
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Seth Gershenson
Cassandra M. D. Hart
Constance A. Lindsay
Nicholas W. Papageorge
The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers
10459  Christopher Birdsall
Seth Gershenson
Raymond Zuniga
Stereotype Threat, Role Models, and Demographic Mismatch in an Elite Professional School Setting
10165  Nicholas W. Papageorge
Seth Gershenson
Kyungmin Kang
Teacher Expectations Matter
10091  Seth Gershenson
Michael S. Hayes
Short-Run Externalities of Civic Unrest: Evidence from Ferguson, Missouri
(Forthcoming in Journal of Economic Geography, 2017)
9978  Seth Gershenson
Should Value-Added Models Control for Student Absences?
(published in: Teachers College Record, 2016, ID No. 21629.)
9956  Jimmy R. Ellis
Seth Gershenson
LATE for the Meeting: Gender, Peer Advising, and College Success
9887  Yu-Wei Luke Chu
Seth Gershenson
High Times: The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Student Time Use
9558  Seth Gershenson
Alison Jacknowitz
Andrew Brannegan
Are Student Absences Worth the Worry in U.S. Primary Schools?
(published in: Education Finance and Policy, 2017, 12(2): 137-165.)
9554  Stephen B. Holt
Seth Gershenson
The Impact of Teacher Demographic Representation on Student Attendance and Suspensions
(Forthcoming in Policy Studies Journal, 2017)
9305  Michael S. Hayes
Seth Gershenson
What Differences a Day Can Make: Quantile Regression Estimates of the Distribution of Daily Learning Gains
(published in: Economics Letters, 2016, 141, 48-51)
9203  Seth Gershenson
Performance Standards and Employee Effort: Evidence from Teacher Absences
(published in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2016, 35(3), 615-638)
9202  Seth Gershenson
Stephen B. Holt
Nicholas W. Papageorge
Who Believes in Me? The Effect of Student-Teacher Demographic Match on Teacher Expectations
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2016, 52, 209-224)
8958  Seth Gershenson
Erdal Tekin
The Effect of Community Traumatic Events on Student Achievement: Evidence from the Beltway Sniper Attacks
(forthcoming in Education Finance & Policy)