Kevin m. stange


  • Current Projects (email to see if paper is available)


  • Variation and Effects of Undergraduate Class Size (with Mark Umbricht)

  • A Major Decision? The Consequences of College Course Taking (with Rodney Andrews, Scott Imberman, Mike Lovenheim)

  • Migration from Administrative Data: Problems and Solutions with an Application to Higher Education (with Andrew Foote)

  • Skills, Majors, and Jobs: Does Higher Education Respond? (with Steve Hemelt and Brad Hershbein)

  • The College and Beyond II Project

  • Working Papers

    Labor Supply Effects of Occupational Regulation: Evidence from the Nurse Licensure Compact (with Christina DePasquale)(available as NBER Working Paper 22344)
  • ( June 2016 NBER WP version)

  • The Skill Content of College Majors: Evidence from the Universe of Online Job Ads (with Steve Hemelt, Brad Hershbein, and Shawn Martin)
  • ( May 2021 version)

  • Socioeconomic Disparities in School Resources: New Evidence from Within-Districts (with Erin Lane and Robert Linden)
  • ( October 2018 version)

  • Edited Volumes

    Productivity in Higher Education (with Caroline Hoxby)
  • Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press
  • (Pre-publication version)


  • Publications


  • Why is Math Cheaper than English? Understanding Cost Differences in Higher Education (with Steve Hemelt, Fernando Furquim, Andrew Simon, and John Sawyer) Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming (available as NBER Working Paper 25314)
  • ( February 2020 pre-print version)

  • Price Deregulation and Equality of Opportunity in Higher Education: Evidence from Tuition Deregulation in Texas (with Rodney Andrews) American Economic Journal:Economic Policy, (November 2019).
  • (also available as NBER Working Paper 22901)
  • ( Accepted version)
  • ( Online Appendix)

  • Measuring Instructor Effectiveness in Higher Education (with Pieter De Vlieger and Brian Jacob) (available as NBER Working Paper 22998)
  • in C. Hoxby and K. Stange eds., Productivity in Higher Education, forthcoming, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press
  • (December 2016 NBER WP version)

  • Vocational and Career Tech Education in American High Schools: The Value of Depth Over Breadth (with Daniel Kreisman)
  • Education Finance and Policy, forthcoming.
  • (July 2016 version)

  • Perception Isnít Everything: The Reality of Class Size (with Mark Umbricht
  • The AIR Professional File, Fall 2019.
  • (published version)

  • Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement (with Paco Martorell and Isaac McFarlin)
  • Journal of Public Economics, 140 (August 2016): 13-29.
  • (published version)(also available as NBER Working Paper 21515)

  • Pricing and University Autonomy: The Case of Tuition Deregulation in Texas (with Jeongeun Kim)
  • RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(1):112-146
  • (published version)

  • College as Country Club: Do Colleges Cater to Students Preferences for Consumption? (with Brian Jacob and Brian McCall)
  • Journal of Labor Economics, 36(2)(April 2018)
  • (pre-publication version) (also available as NBER Working Paper 18745)

  • Marginal Pricing and Student Investment in Higher Education (with Steve Hemelt)
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35(2):441-471
  • (published version) (also available as NBER Working Paper 20779)

  • A New Measure of College Quality to Study the Effects of College Sector and Peers on Degree Attainment (with Jonathan Smith)
  • Education Finance and Policy, Fall 2016, 11(4): 369Ė403
  • (pre-publication version) (also available as NBER Working Paper 20779)

  • Differential Pricing in Undergraduate Education: Effects on Degree Production by Field
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, January 2015
  • (published version) (also available as NBER Working Paper No. 19183.)

  • How Does Provider Supply and Regulation Influence Health Care Markets? Evidence from Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 33 (2014): 1-27.
  • (published version)

  • An Empirical Examination of the Option Value of College Enrollment
  • American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol. 4 (1) (January 2012)
  • (published version, web appendix)

  • Ability Sorting and the Importance of College Quality to Student Achievement: Evidence from Community Colleges
  • Education Finance and Policy, Vol. 7 (1) (Winter 2012)
  • (published version)

  • A Longitudinal Analysis of the Relationship Between Fertility Timing and Schooling
  • Demography, Vol. 48 (3): 931-956. (2011)
  • (published version)

  • Does Inconvenience Explain Low Take-up? Evidence from Unemployment Insurance (joint with Avi Ebenstein)
    Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol 29, No. 1, 111-136 (2010)
  • (published version)



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