Scott-Clayton is an active participant in policy working groups at the state and federal level, and she has contributed to the New York Times' Economix and Upshot blogs, focusing on current topics in education.
Students, the syllabus for Fall 2014 EDPE 6023 (Causal Methods in Education Policy Research) is now posted.
Work-in-progress. "Should We Subsidize Student Employment? Conditional Counterfactuals and the Outcomes of Work-Study Participation," NBER Working Paper No. 20329 (with Veronica Minaya).
Forthcoming. "Improving the Targeting of Treatment: Evidence from College Remediation" (with Peter Crosta and Clive Belfield). Accepted in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Also available as NBER Working Paper No. 18457.
Forthcoming. "Development, Discouragement, or Diversion? New Evidence on the Effects of College Remediation" (with Olga Rodriguez). Accepted in Education Finance and Policy. Also available as NBER Working Paper No. 18328.
Forthcoming. "The Shapeless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students' Progress at Community Colleges?" in Baum, S., Castleman, B., & Schwartz, S. (eds.). London: Routledge. Earlier version available as Community College Working Paper No. 25 (January 2011).
2013. "Financial Aid Policy: Lessons From Research" (with Susan M. Dynarski). The Future of Children, 23(1): 67-92.
"What Explains Trends in Labor Supply Among U.S. Undergraduates?"National Tax Journal, vol. 65, no. 1 (March 2012), pp. 181-210. Also available as NBER Working Paper No. 17744
"The Causal Effect of Federal Work-Study Participation: Quasi-Experimental Evidence From West Virginia." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, vol. 33, no. 4 (December 2011), pp. 506-527
"On Money and Motivation: A Quasi-Experimental Analysis of Financial Incentives for College Achievement." Journal of Human Resources, vol. 46 (Summer 2011), no. 3: pp. 614-646.
"Assessing Developmental Assessment in Community Colleges: A Review of the Literature". (with Katherine Hughes). Community College Review, vol. 39, no. 4 (October, 2011), pp. 327-351.
"College Grants on a Postcard: A Proposal for Simple and Predictable Student Aid". (with Susan M. Dynarski).
"The Cost of Complexity in Federal Student Aid: Lessons from Optimal Tax Theory and Behavioral Economics". (with Susan M. Dynarski). National Tax Journal 59:2 (June 2006), pp. 319-356.
Federal Work Study:
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2005-2008 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (awarded 2003)
"There Is a Simpler Way for Students to Apply for Financial Aid," (with S. Dynarski), June 20, 2014.
"The Hidden Majority of For-Profit Colleges," February 24, 2012.
"Who Shouldn't Go To College?" March 23, 2012.
"College Is Cheaper Than You Think Students", November 4, 2011.
"From Kindergarten to College Completion", October 7, 2011.
"A Jobs Program in Need of Reform", September 9, 2011.
"The Rise of the Five-Year Four-Year Degree", May 20, 2011.
"How Worrisome Is Student Debt?", April 15, 2011.
"The Dark Side of Choice in Higher Education", March 25, 2011.
The Atlantic (Ann Hulbert, Jan/Feb 2014), "How to Escape the Community College Trap." http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/how-to-escape-the-community-college-trap/355745/
Teachers College Record (guest commentary, February 23, 2011), "Can Better Choice Architecture Improve College Completion Rates?" http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=16350
CNN Newsroom (Ali Velshi), May 12, 2010, "Turning Students to Graduates." http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1005/12/cnr.06.html
The New York Times Magazine (David Leonhardt), February 1, 2009, "The Big Fix" (page 8).
U.S. News and World Report (Kim Clark), October 2, 2008, "Another Plan to Simplify Financial Aid Forms."
National Review (Kevin Hassett), April 16, 2007, "The Postcard Solution."
The Wall Street Journal (Kevin Hassett), February 24, 2007, "Foreign Aid."
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Josh Keller), March 2, 2007, "Scholars Urge Halt to Use of Aid Form," http://chronicle.com/article/Scholars-Urge-Halt-to-Use-o/8084/
The Harvard Crimson (Raviv Murciano-Goroff), February 9, 2007, "Experts Plan FAFSA Reform." http://www.thecrimson.com/printerfriendly.aspx?ref=518105
Forbes (Janet Novak), July 5, 2006. "Calculating College Costs." http://www.forbes.com/2006/07/04/financial-aid-tuition-cz_jn_0705beltway.html
"Simplifying Student Aid: The Case for an Easier, Faster, and More Accurate FAFSA," Executive Office of the President, September 2009, http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/FAFSA_Report.pdf
Documents & Papers
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Download: Hamilton paper [PDF]
Download: CausalMethods Syllabus 2014 [PDF]
Download: August2014CV [PDF]
Centers and Projects