Kevin M. Stange


Kevin Stange is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where he teaches graduate courses in higher education policy, economics, and quantitative methods. During the 2018-2019 academic year he will be on leave as a visiting professor at the Paris School of Economics.

Professor Stange's research investigates topics in empirical labor and public economics, with a focus on education and health care. He currently is leading projects to better understand the supply-side of higher education (costs, faculty, and class size), how higher education alters students' labor market trajectories, and changes in skill demand. He is also co-editing a book on Productivity in Higher Education. His prior research includes studies of college enrollment and persistence, community colleges, the importance of amenities in college choice, and the effects of different pricing structures on program/major choice and student credit load. He has also researched changes in the health care workforce and occupational licensing. His research has been published in numerous economics, education, and policy academic journals and featured in popular outlets such as Time, Wall Street Journal, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Atlantic Monthly, and the Freakonomics blog. He has received research support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the WT Grant Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Prior to joining the Ford School, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. He received undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Current Affiliations

Associate Professor, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Faculty Affiliate, Education Policy Initiative

Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economics Research

Recent Policy Briefs

August 10, 2020 Applications for Financial Aid Lagging Among Low-Income Students in Michigan [Coverage in Free Press ]

July 28, 2020, Why the move to online instruction won’t reduce college costs | voice: (734) 615-6990 | twitter: @kevin_stange