Jeffrey T. Denning

Research Affiliate

Brigham Young University

Program areas

Jeff Denning is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University and a Policy Fellow at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

His research focuses on the economics of education with a focus on higher education. He is interested in individual and institutional factors affecting human capital investment in college. To date, he has worked on college access, college completion, financial aid, effects of peers, STEM education, wage returns to college, and other topics.

He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. His research has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Human Resources and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and been supported by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Spencer Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation.

Jeff joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2017.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10997

There is increasing evidence that tax credits for college do not affect college enrollment. This may be because prospective students do not know about tax benefits for credits or because the design of tax credits is not conducive to affecting educational outcomes. We focus on changing the salience of tax...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10913
forthcoming in: Journal of Human Resources

Financial aid has been shown to affect student outcomes from enrollment to graduation. However, effects on graduation can be driven either by marginal students induced to enroll by financial aid, or by inframarginal students who would have enrolled anyway but received additional financial aid. This paper identifies the effect of...