Susan M. Dynarski, Professor of Economics, Education and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, studies and teaches the economics of education and quantitative methods for program evaluation. She is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Princeton University. She has been an editor of The Journal of Labor Economics and Education Finance and Policy.
Dynarski's current research focuses on the impact of charter schools on academic achievement, the evaluation of state education policies, historical trends in inequality in educational attainment, and the optimal design of financial aid. Her previous research explored the impact of grants and loans on college attendance, the impact of state policy on college completion, and the distributional consequences of tax incentives for college saving.
Dynarski has testified on her research to the US Senate Finance Committee, the US House Ways and Means Committee and the President's Commission on Tax Reform. She has been consulted by individual members of Congress, the US Department of Education and the US Government Accountability Office. Her research has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, Russell Sage Foundation and the National Institute of Aging.
Professor Dynarski holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College, a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2009.