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Seth Gershenson Associate Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

Seth Gershenson holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Economics with a primary focus on education policy. While at Michigan State, he taught several courses and received an Outstanding Teaching award. Professor Gershenson has also been honored with the New Scholar Award by the American Education Finance Association. His approach to teaching and scholarship is to apply economic approaches to practical, policy-driven questions in public education, specifically teacher behavior. Professor Gershenson teaches Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, and Economics for Policy Analysis to MPA and MPP students.

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Gershenson, Seth, Hart, Cassandra M. D., Lindsay, Constance A., & Papageorge, Nicholas. 2017. The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10630.

Holt, Stephen B., & Gershenson, Seth. 2017. The impact of teacher demographic representation on student attendance and suspensions. In Press, Policy Studies Journal.

Gershenson, Seth, & Tekin, Erdal. 2017. The eect of community traumatic events on student achievement: Evidence from the beltway sniper attacks. In Press, Education Finance & Policy.

Gershenson, Seth, & Hayes, Michael S. 2017. Police shootings, civic unrest, and student achievement: Evidence from Ferguson. In Press, Journal of Economic Geography.

Dee, Thomas S., & Gershenson, Seth. 2016. Unconscious bias in the classroom: Evidence and Opportunities. Mountain View, CA: Google Inc.

Gershenson, Seth, Holt, Stephen, & Papageorge, Nicholas. 2016. Who believes me? The effect of student-teacher demographic match on teachers' beliefs. Economics of Education Review, 52: 209-224.

Gershenson, Seth.2016. Performance standards and employee effort: Evidence from teacher absences. Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, 35(3): 615-638.

Gershenson, Seth. 2016. Linking teacher quality, student attendance, and student achievement. Education Finance & Policy, 11(2): 125-149.

Gershenson, Seth & Langbein, Laura. 2015. The effect of primary school size on academic achievement. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(1S): 135S-155S.

Gershenson, Seth. 2013. Do summer time-use gaps vary by socioeconomic status? American Educational Research Journal, 50(6): 1219-1248.

Gershenson, Seth. 2013. "The causal effect of commute time on labor supply: Evidence from a natural experiment involving substitute teachers." Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 54: 127-140.

Gershenson, Seth. 2012. “How do substitute teachers substitute? An empirical study of substitute-teacher labor supply,” Economics of Education Review, 31(4): 410-430.

AU News & Achievements

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Civil Unrest Leads to Student Achievement Decline, Says New Study

A new study published by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) on August 2, 2016, outlines the implications of civic unrest for educational policy and practice.
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Seth Gershenson, center, accepts the award for Best Research Article.

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Seth Gershenson Wins Award for Best Research Article

SPA Associate Professor Seth Gershenson was recognized by the editors of the "Journal of Education, Finance and Policy" as the author of the best article published in 2016.
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Laura Langbein and Seth Gershenson

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Study: No Relationship between School Size and Student Performance

There is no causal relationship between fluctuations in the size of primary schools and academic performance, SPA faculty members Seth Gershenson and Laura Langbein co-wrote in a recent study.
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New Study Reveals Race of Students Triggers Alarming Bias in Teacher Expectations

A new study conducted by economists from SPA and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Economics found sweeping bias in teachers’ expectations of black students.
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Seth Gershenson and Erdal Tekin

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Study: Effects of Community Traumatic Events Can Reduce Student Performance

Traumatic community events can reduce student achievement, according to a new study conducted by SPA faculty members Erdal Tekin and Seth Gershenson.
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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

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SPA's IZA Research Fellows

Three School of Public Affairs faculty members have been named Research Fellows by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
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High Times for Students

SPA Assistant Professor Seth Gershenson researches the effects of marijuana usage on educational productivity.
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Seth Gershenson

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SPA Assistant Professor Awarded Second Upjohn Early Career Award

SPA Assistant Professor Seth Gershenson has won a second Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
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