Dave Marcotte is Professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he is also Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. He is currently engaged in research on the following topics; the effect of mental illness and treatment on labor market and health outcomes; the impact of post-secondary education and learning on employment and earnings, and; the role of resources on student performance in primary and secondary education.

Marcotte received a BA in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina in 1986, an MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 1994. Marcotte is Affiliate Research Fellow at the Community College Research Center, Columbia University, and has recently been the American Education Research Association Fellow at the National Center for Education Statistics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2006.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10345

Sexual violence has long been a problem on college campuses, yet federal policies to protect students have largely been ineffectual. Spurred by student grievances, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights recently began investigating how sexual assault cases were handled at a number of institutions under the Title...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10202

Community colleges have long been recognized for their potential in providing access to post-secondary education for students of limited means. Indeed, the recent #FreeTuition movement is built on community colleges as a cornerstone. Previous research on the value of community colleges in shaping earnings and career outcomes suggests that encouraging...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9689
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2017, Vol. 56, 141-151

Poor air quality has been shown to harm the health and development of children. Research on these relationships has focused almost exclusively on the effects of human-made pollutants, and has not fully distinguished between contemporaneous and long-run effects. This paper contributes on both of these fronts. Merging data on plant...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8544
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2015, 40, 132-140.

Seasonal pollen allergies affect approximately 1 in 5 school age children. Clinical research has established that these allergies result in large and consistent decrements in cognitive functioning, problem solving ability and speed, focus and energy. However, the impact of seasonal allergies on achievement in schools has received no attention at...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5527
published in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2013, 32 (2), 323-350

In this paper, I consider the impact of the expansion of exams students must pass in order to graduate high school on dropout rates. "Exit exams," as these tests are known, have become more common, and more difficult. These exams are controversial, with opponents claiming they drive marginal students out...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3827
published in: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2011, 33 (4), 435-457

In this paper we review recent trends in tuition at public universities and estimate impacts on enrollment. We use data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System on all public four-year colleges and universities from 1991 to 2007 and illustrate that tuition increased dramatically beginning in the early part of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2923
published in: Education Finance and Policy, 2008, 3 (3), 316-338

Do students perform better on statewide assessments in years in which they have more school days to prepare? We explore this question using data on math and reading assessments taken by students in the 3rd, 5th and 8th grades since 1994 in Maryland. Our identification strategy is rooted in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2629
published in: Journal of Marriage and Family, 2007, 69 (5), 1283-1297

The number of Americans raising grandchildren has been rising steadily. In this paper, we add to what is known about the implications of this trend by focusing on the economic effects of raising a grandchild. We make use of a unique data set compiled from the Panel Study of Income...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2334
published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2010, 28(1), 36-51

In this paper, I make use of data from the 2000 follow-up of the National Education Longitudinal Survey (NELS) post-secondary education transcript files to extend what is known about the value of education at community colleges. I examine the effects of enrollment in community colleges on students’ subsequent earnings. I...