Elizabeth U. Cascio

Associate Professor of Economics

I am an economist specializing in the study of education and of social policy pertaining to young children, often in historical perspective.  I have studied the educational and socioeconomic ramifications of major policy and demographic shifts in the 20th century United States.  My recent and ongoing research endeavors to understand how educational and social progress is enabled – and held back – by matters of policy design, economic conditions, and political voice.

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My academic research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Human ResourcesAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Urban Economics, among other outlets.  In recent years, I have also occasionally authored policy pieces for The Hamilton Project.

In addition to my faculty appointment at Dartmouth College, I am a Research Associate in the Programs on Education, Development of the American Economy, and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  I have also been a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources since June 2014.  I received my B.A. summa cum laude  from Franklin and Marshall College in 1997 and my Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.  I joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2006.

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307 Silsby
HB 6106
A.B. Franklin and Marshall College
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Selected Publications

Distributing the Green (Cards):  Permanent Residency and Income Taxes After the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (with Ethan Lewis).  Conditionally accepted, Journal of Public EconomicsRevised version (July 2018).  NBER Working Paper 24872 (July 2018)

First in the Class?  Age and the Education Production Function (with Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach). Education Finance and Policy, 11(3), 225-250, Summer 2016. Pre-publication version (April 2015)

The Promises and Pitfalls of Universal Early EducationIZA World of Labor 2015: 116, January 2015.

Valuing the Vote: The Redistribution of Voting Rights and State Funds Following the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (with Ebonya Washington).  The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(1), 376-433, February 2014. Pre-publication version (July 2013) Online appendix

The Impacts of Expanding Access to High-Quality Preschool Education (with Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach). Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Fall 2013, 127-178. Online appendix

Local Responses to Federal Grants: Evidence from the Introduction of Title I in the South (with Nora Gordon and Sarah Reber). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5(3), 126-159, August 2013. Pre-publication version (July 2012) Online appendix

The Poverty Gap in School Spending Following the Introduction of Title I (with Sarah Reber).  American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, 103(3), 423-427, May 2013. Pre-publication version (January 2013)

Cracks in the Melting Pot: Immigration, School Choice, and Segregation (with Ethan Lewis). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(3), 91-117, August 2012. Pre-publication version (May 2011) Online appendix

Is Being in School Better? The Impact of School on Children’s BMI When Starting Age is Endogenous (with Patricia Anderson, Kristin Butcher, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach). Journal of Health Economics, 30(5), 977-986, September 2011.

Paying for Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools (with Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis, and Sarah Reber). The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(1), 445-482, February 2010. Pre-publication version (April 2009) Online appendix

Maternal Labor Supply and the Introduction of Kindergartens into American Public Schools. The Journal of Human Resources, 44(1), 140-170, Winter 2009. Pre-publication version (December 2007)

From Brown to Busing (with Nora Gordon, Ethan Lewis and Sarah Reber). Journal of Urban Economics, 64(2), 296-325, September 2008.

Education and the Age Profile of Literacy into Adulthood (with Damon Clark and Nora Gordon). Journal of Economic Perspectives, 22(3), 47-70, Summer 2008.

Schooling and the Armed Forces Qualifying Test: Evidence from School-Entry Laws (with Ethan Lewis). The Journal of Human Resources, 41(2), 294-318, Spring 2006. Pre-publication version (October 2005)

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Works in progress

Does Universal Preschool Hit the Target?  Program Access and Preschool ImpactsRevised version (December 2017).  NBER Working Paper 23215 (March 2017). [Coverage in The New York Times, The Hechinger Report, Forbes, Quartz]

Who Needs a Fracking Education?  The Educational Response to Low-Skill Biased Technological Change (with Ayushi Narayan `14). Revised version (December 2017).  NBER Working Paper 21359 (July 2015).  [Coverage in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Salon]

Knowledge, Tests, and Fadeout in Educational Interventions (with Doug Staiger).  NBER Working Paper 18038 (May 2012). Revise and resubmit, American Economic Review.

Policy Writing

Why Early Childhood Education Matters and Why We Should Pay for It. Milken Institute Review:  A Journal of Economic Policy 23(3): 13-23, Third Quarter 2018.

Public Investments in Child Care.  In The 51%:  Driving Growth Through Women's Economic Participation, eds. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Ryan Nunn.  Washington, D.C.:  The Hamilton Project, 123-142, October 2017.

The Effectiveness of Policies that Promote Labor Force Participation of Women with Children:  A Collection of National Studies (with Steven J. Haider and Helena Skyt Nielsen).  Labour Economics, 36: 64-71, October 2015. IZA Discussion Paper 9297

The Promises and Pitfalls of Universal Early EducationIZA World of Labor 2015: 116, January 2015.