Damon Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER. His main research interest is in the economics of education. Other research interests include labor economics, public economics and applied econometrics.

Before joining UCI, Clark was an Assistant Professor at Cornell University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University and an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. He completed his PhD at Oxford University and spent two years at the Center for Labor Economics at UC Berkeley.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in February 2001 and became a Research Fellow in December 2002. From October 2001 until August 2002 he worked at IZA as a Research Associate.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10283

Will college students who set goals for themselves work harder and perform better? In theory, setting goals can help time-inconsistent students to mitigate their self-control problem. In practice, there is little credible evidence on the causal effects of goal setting for college students. We report the results of two field...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8617

This paper estimates the impact of elite school attendance on long-run outcomes including completed education, income and fertility. Our data consists of individuals born in the 1950s and educated in a UK district that assigned students to either elite or non-elite secondary schools. Using instrumental variables methods that exploit the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3182

In this paper I consider the impact of attending a selective high school in the UK. Students are assigned to these schools on the basis of a test taken in primary school and, using data on these assignment test scores for a particular district, I exploit this rule to estimate...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 550

Over the past 30 years, participation in Further Education (FE) in England has been markedly counter-cyclical. What is more, it has yet to increase beyond the peak of 70% reached in 1993, much to the concern of policy-makers. An obvious explanation for these facts is the availability of labour market...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 378

This paper assesses the potential of ‘workplace training’ with reference to German Apprenticeship. When occupational matching is important, we derive conditions under which firms provide ‘optimal’ training packages. Since the German system broadly meets these conditions, we evaluate the effectiveness of apprenticeship using a large administrative dataset. We find returns...

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