Stefanie Fischer

Assoc Professor

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I am a labor and public economist who employs quasi-experimental techniques and field experiments to better understand the determinants of human capital. My work is in two main areas. I have published and ongoing work aimed at understanding the early-life determinants of human capital formation and another body of work aimed at understanding post-secondary education attainment. I am particularly interested in how public policies and student behaviors affect outcomes like major choice and persistence in higher education, especially among disadvantaged populations. The overarching goal of this agenda is to produce convincing evidence to help inform public policy decisions as they relate to human capital. More generally, this work has important implications for addressing inequality, as human capital is a central lever for economic mobility.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Economics , Ph.D.

Award Date: 12 Jun 2015

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