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    • Access to 4-Year Public Colleges and Degree Completion 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Hurwitz, Michael; Smith, Jonathan (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
      Does access to 4-year colleges affect degree completion for students who would otherwise attend 2-year colleges? Admission to Georgia’s 4-year public sector requires minimum SAT scores. Regression discontinuity estimates ...
    • Bankruptcy Law and The Cost of Credit: The Impact of Cramdown on Mortgage Interest Rates 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Levitin, Adam Jeremiah (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      The role of bankruptcy law in credit markets has received renewed attention in the aftermath of the housing bubble collapse. The fundamental challenge for research on this topic is to separate the impact of legal factors ...
    • Can Online Delivery Increase Access to Education? 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Melkers, Julia; Pallais, Amanda D. (2016)
      Though online technology has generated excitement about its potential to increase access to education, most research has focused on comparing student performance across online and inperson formats. We provide the first ...
    • Can States Take Over and Turn Around School Districts? Evidence from Lawrence, Massachusetts 

      Schueler, Beth; Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Deming, David James (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2016)
      The Federal government has spent billions of dollars to support turnarounds of low-achieving schools, yet most evidence on the impact of such turnarounds comes from high-profile, exceptional settings and not from examples ...
    • A Few Goodmen: Surname-Sharing Co-Authors in Economics 

      Goodman, Allen C.; Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Goodman, Lucas; Goodman, Sarena (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
      We explore the phenomenon of co-authorship by economists who share a surname. Prior research has included at most two economist co-authors who share a surname. Ours is the first paper to have three economist co-authors who ...
    • First Degree Earns: The Impact of College Quality on College Completion Rates 

      Cohodes, Sarah Rose; Goodman, Joshua Samuel (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      We use a Massachusetts merit aid program to provide the first clear causal evidence on the impact of college quality on students’ postsecondary enrollment decisions and rates of degree completion, where college quality is ...
    • Gold Standards?: State Standards Reform and Student Achievement 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University., 2012)
      Proponents of the recent and widely adopted Common Core State Standards argue that high quality curricular standards are critical to students’ educational success. Little clear evidence exists, however, linking the quality ...
    • Intensive Math Instruction and Educational Attainment 

      Cortes, Kalena E.; Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Nomi, Takako (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015)
      We study an intensive math instruction policy that assigned low-skilled 9th graders to an algebra course that doubled instructional time, altered peer composition and emphasized problem solving skills. A regression ...
    • The labor of division: returns to compulsory high school math coursework. 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (2017)
      Despite great focus on and public investment in STEM education, little causal evidence connects quantitative coursework to students’ economic outcomes. I show that state changes in minimum high school math requirements ...
    • The Labor of Division: Returns to Compulsory Math Coursework 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      Labor economists know that a year of schooling raises earnings but have little evidence on the impact of specific courses completed. I identify the impact of math coursework on earnings using the differential timing of ...
    • Low-Cost Interventions to Reduce Anonymity in Large Classes 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (2014)
      In large classes, it is challenging for faculty to get to know students and vice versa. Though some students participate actively in class or take advantage of office hours, others remain relatively quiet and thus less ...
    • Merit Aid, College Quality and College Completion: Massachusetts' Adams Scholarship as an In-Kind Subsidy. 

      Cohodes, Sarah; Goodman, Joshua Samuel (2017-07-11)
      We analyze a Massachusetts merit aid program that gives high-scoring students tuition waivers at in-state public colleges with lower graduation rates than available alternative colleges. A regression discontinuity design ...
    • Middle School Math Acceleration and Equitable Access to 8th Grade Algebra: Evidence from the Wake County Public School System 

      Dougherty, Shaun M.; Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Hill, Darryl V.; Litke, Erica G; Page, Lindsay Coleman (Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2014)
      School districts across the country have struggled to increase the proportion of students taking algebra by 8th grade, thought to be an important milestone on the pathway to college preparedness. We highlight key features ...
    • The relationship between siblings’ college choices: Evidence from one million SAT-taking families 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel; Hurwitz, Michael; Smith, Jonathan; Fox, Julia (Elsevier BV, 2015)
      Research consistently shows that college choice in an important predictor of college completion and labor market outcomes. These longer term implications of college choice, combined with suboptimal choices made by many ...
    • Skills, Schools, and Credit Constraints: Evidence from Massachusetts 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2010)
      Low college enrollment rates among low-income students may stem from a combination of credit constraints, low academic skill, and low-quality schools. Recent Massachusetts data allow the first use of school district fixed ...
    • The Wages of Sinistrality: Handedness, Brain Structure and Human Capital Accumulation 

      Goodman, Joshua Samuel (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2012)
      Left- and right-handed individuals have different brain structures, particularly in relation to language processing. Using five data sets from the US and UK, I show that poor infant health increases the likelihood of a ...