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Cowles Lunch Talk: Derek Neal, University of Chicago

Derek A. Neal is the William C. Norby Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. Much of Professor Nealʼs recent research explores how different aspects of criminal justice policy impact black-white inequality in the US. Much of his prior work addresses the design of incentive and accountability systems for educators. In 2018, he published Information, Incentives, and Education Policy (Harvard University Press). This book employs standard tools from information economics to examine a range of education reform agendas, from assessment-based accountability and centralized school assignments to charter schools and voucher systems. Professor Neal demonstrates how these programs have been successful, how they have failed, and why. Earlier in his career, his research focused on the causes and consequences of measured skill gaps between blacks and whites in the United States. He is a past President of the Midwest Economics Association, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, and a former Editor of the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Political Economy.

Professor Neal was a visiting faculty member in the Labor and Public Economics program in Spring 2024.

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Derek Neal, University of Chicago