Project Team

Investigators

The three investigators leading this project are Adam Kapor, Christopher Neilson, and Seth Zimmerman. They began their collaboration with the New Haven Public Schools in 2010 and have continued to work with the district since then. Before researching the school choice system, they studied the  impact of a large school construction project had on home prices and student outcomes.

Adam Kapor
Columbia University
Adam works in the areas of industrial organization and the economics of education. He received his Ph.D in Economics from Yale University and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. His research examines the design of mechanisms and policies for allocating scarce seats at U.S. schools and colleges.
Christopher Neilson
Princeton University
Christopher Neilson is an academic economist who studies public policies in education. He received his PhD in Economics from Yale University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. In other work he studies how to improve school outcomes in other countries such as Chile, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
Seth Zimmerman
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Seth Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Economics and the Richard N. Rosett Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at NBER, a Research Fellow at IZA, and a Research Scholar at Yale University. Professor Zimmerman studies Labor Economics and Public Finance. He received his PhD in Economics from Yale University, and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Research Assistants

The research assistants coordinated  survey teams, analyzed data, and wrote up research findings.

Julia Wagner
Field Manager
Fabiola Alba
Data and Field
Fabiola is a Senior Research Associate at the Industrial Relations and Education Research Section of Princeton University, where she works on projects related to labor economics and education on developing countries.
Felipe Arteaga
Survey and Data Manager
Felipe Arteaga joined J-PAL LAC as a Research Associate in July 2014. Previously, he worked as an intern at J-PAL LAC on a project that seeks to measure the impact of parents' involvement on students' education.