Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure
Has rising trade integration between the U.S. and China contributed to the polarization of U.S. politics? Analyzing outcomes from the 2002 and 2010 congressional elections, authors David Autor, David Dorn, Gordon Hanson, and Kaveh Majlesi detect an ideological realignment that is centered in trade-exposed local labor markets and that commences prior to the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. Exploiting the […]More...
The Efficiency of Race-Neutral Alternatives to Race-Based Affirmative Action: Evidence from Chicago’s Exam Schools
Several public K-12 and university systems have recently shifted from race-based affirmative action plans to race-neutral alternatives. This paper explores the degree to which race-neutral alternatives are effective substitutes for racial quotas using data from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where a race-neutral, place-based affirmative action system is used for admissions at highly competitive exam […]More...
Interpreting Tests of School VAM Validity
Public school districts increasingly look to the estimates generated by value-added models (VAMs) to measure school and teacher quality. A typical VAM compares average student test scores across teachers or schools while using regression models to control for students’ past scores and demographic characteristics. The resulting estimates serve as inputs into teacher retention and promotion policies, school report card systems, and decisions […]More...
Director David Autor talks “tech, trade & job markets” in new interview
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
“An economist delves into charter schools: PhD student Elizabeth Setren brings data to bear on questions about local education policy”