- Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
M.A. in Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
M.A. in Philosophy of Religion, University of Chicago
B.A. in Biology, Boston University
- Claudia Persico is an applied policy scholar whose research focuses on environmental policy, inequality, health and education policy using causal inference methods. Persico is also an IZA Research Affiliate, and a Research Affiliate with the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Her research has recently been featured in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Human Resources. Her current work examines the social and biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between poverty, the environment, and children’s cognitive development and health. In particular, much of her current research focuses on how early exposure to environmental pollution can cause inequality by affecting child health, development, behavior, and academic achievement. She has also studied how school funding affects long term outcomes, how school segregation impacts racial disproportionalities in special education, and how childhood exposure to pollution affects academic outcomes. Her research has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Atlantic, and many other major media outlets. She was formerly an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Gazze, L., Persico, C. and Spirovska S. “On Peer Effects and Pollution: Does Exposure to Lead Affect Everyone in the Classroom?” IZA Discussion Paper No. 13133. (Under review)
- Persico, C. “Can Pollution Cause Poverty? The Effects of Pollution on Educational, Health and Economic Outcomes” IZA Discussion Paper No. 12965. (Under review)
- Heissel, J., Persico, C. and Simon, D. “Does Pollution Drive Achievement? The Effect of Traffic Pollution on Academic Performance.” National Bureau of Economic Research WP, 2019 (Forthcoming at the Journal of Human Resources)
- Persico, C. and Venator, J. “The Effects of Local Industrial Pollution on Students and Schools.” (free working paper) The Journal of Human Resources, 2019.
- Persico, C., Figlio, D., Roth, J. “The Developmental Consequences of Superfund Sites”. The Journal of Labor Economics, 2019.
- Elder, T., Figlio, D., Imberman, S., and Persico, C. “The Role of Neonatal Health in the Incidence of Childhood Disability.” National Bureau of Economic Research WP, 2019. (forthcoming at the American Journal of Health Economics)
- Elder, T., Figlio, D., Imberman, S., and Persico, C. “School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education Identification." National Bureau of Economic Research WP, 2019. (forthcoming at the Journal of Labor Economics)
- Jackson, C.K., Johnson R.C., and Persico, C. “The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence From School Finance Reforms,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2016. link
- Jackson, C.K., Johnson R.C., and Persico, C. “Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings: Does School Spending Matter After All?” Education Next, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2015.
- Persico, C. “How exposure to pollution affects educational outcomes and inequality.” Brookings Institution, Brown Center Chalkboard.
- Persico, C. “Inequality before birth: Effects of in utero pollution exposure on children’s development.” Institute for Research on Poverty Policy Brief, University of Wisconsin-Madison.