- 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. Her research on school finance reform has recently been featured in the Quarterly Journal of Economics (“The Effects of School Spending on Educational and Economic Outcomes: Evidence From School Finance Reforms” with C. Kirabo Jackson and Rucker C. Johnson). Her current work examines the social and biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between poverty, the environment, and children’s cognitive development and health. 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.
- 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., Figlio, D., Roth, J. “The Developmental Consequences of Superfund Sites”. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2017(under submission at the Journal of Labor Economics). working paper
- Persico, C. and Venator, J. “The Effects of Local Industrial Pollution on Students and Schools.” (under submission at the Journal of Human Resources).
- Elder, T., Figlio, D., Imberman, S., and Persico, C. “The Role of Neonatal Health in the Incidence of Childhood Disability.” (under submission)
- Elder, T., Figlio, D., Imberman, S., and Persico, C. “School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education Identification." (under submission)
- Heissel, J., Persico, C. and Simon, D. “Does Pollution Drive Achievement? The Effect of Traffic Pollution on Academic Performance.” National Bureau of Econonic Research, 2019 (under submission)