Ofer Malamud Joins IPR

Ofer Malamud Joins IPR

Ofer MalamudSchool of Education and Social Policy economist Ofer Malamud is one of four new fellows to join Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research for 2017-18.

Malamud studies the underlying mechanisms of education, asking why, for example, education improves outcomes and how people develop skills over a lifetime. In addition to the United States, his research looks at other countries, including Chile, Israel, Peru, and Romania.

Ofer examines “core human capital questions in various settings,” said IPR economist Kirabo Jackson. “By being attentive to both the similarities and differences that exist across national contexts, his research helps shed light on the underlying reasons why some policies may work in one context but not in others,” said Jackson, professor of human development and social policy.

In addition to Malamud, political scientist John Bullock will join IPR in the fall. Sociologists Andrew Papachristos and Julia Behrman arrive in 2018. The new fellows will join the Institute's more than 140 IPR faculty fellows and associates, representing 33 departments and divisions across nine of the University’s 12 schools.

“IPR has a unique interdisciplinary perspective when it comes to policy research, so we are very excited to welcome these four new fellows into the IPR fold,” said economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of IPR and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy at SESP.  “Our new colleagues are all conducting remarkable research in diverse areas with clear policy impact, and we look forward to their contributions and our collaborations.”

One of Malamud’s current projects involves examining whether technical and vocational education can improve labor market outcomes in Mongolia as part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. government foreign aid agency. Preliminary results suggest that getting into and graduating from technical and vocational schools leads to improved employment chances and higher earnings—especially for women.

Malamud, who received his PhD in economics from Harvard University, is associate professor at SESP and was most recently a faculty member at the University of Chicago. His research has been published in a variety of journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a research consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in 2016–17.

Read about the other new fellows in “New Faculty Set to Boost IPR in Key Research Areas.

By Institute for Policy Research
Last Modified: 10/16/17