Kirabo Jackson

Kirabo Jackson

Abraham Harris Professor of Education and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Kirabo Jackson, a labor economist who studies education and social policy issues, is professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University in 1998 and his doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 2007. He was assistant professor in the department of labor economics at Cornell University between 2007 and 2010 and then moved to Northwestern where he subsequently earned tenure in 2012. He was promoted to full professor in 2017.

Jackson has analyzed several important aspects of education policy such as the importance of public school funding on student outcomes through adulthood, the effects of college-preparatory programs on students’ college and labor market outcomes, the effects of educational tracking on students’ academic achievement, and the effects of single-sex education on students’ academic performance. However, the bulk of Jackson’s work has focused on better understanding teacher labor markets. Jackson’s extensive work on teachers analyzes the role of peer learning in teacher effectiveness, how student demographics directly affect the distribution of teacher quality across schools, how a teacher’s effectiveness depends on the schooling context within which they operate, how best to measure teacher quality, and other related topics.

Jackson’s scholarly articles have appeared in leading economics journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Human Resources. His research has been featured in a number of mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and others. In 2016 and 2017, Jackson was listed among the top university-based scholars who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice by Education Week. Jackson’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Smith Richardson Foundation and other organizations. Currently, Jackson serves as an editor of the Journal of Human Resources, serves on the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession at the American Economic Association, and he is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.



Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2007 PhD, Economics Harvard University
2005 AM, Economics Harvard University
2002 BA, Ethics, Politics and Economics Yale University

Selected Publications

Jackson, C. Kirabo (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Match quality, worker productivity, and worker mobility: Direct evidence from teachers. The Review of Economics and Statistics, doi:10.1162/REST_a_00339.

Jackson, C. K. (2012). School competition and teacher labor markets: Evidence from charter school entry in North Carolina. Journal of Public Economics 96(5-6): 431-438.

Jackson, C. K., and Emily G. Owens (2011). One for the road: Public transportation, alcohol consumption, and intoxicated driving. Journal of Public Economics 95(1-2): 106-121.

Jackson, C. K., and Henry Schneider (2011). Do social connections reduce moral hazard? Evidence from the New York City taxi industry. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 3(3): 244-267.

Jackson, C. K (2011). Single-sex schools, student achievement, and course selection: Evidence from rule-based student assignments in Trinidad and Tobago. Journal of Public Economics 96(1-2): 173-87.

Jackson, Kirabo (2010). A Little Now for a Lot Later: An Evaluation of a Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program. Journal of Human Resources 45(3): 591-639.

C. Kirabo Jackson (2010). Do students benefit from attending better schools? Evidence from rule-based student assignments in Trinidad and Tobago . The Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society 120(549): 1399-1429.

Jackson, Kirabo with Elias Bruegmann (2009). Teaching Students and Teaching Each Other: The Importance of Peer Learning for Teachers. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: 85–108.

Jackson, Kirabo (2009). Student Demographics, Teacher Sorting, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from the End of School Desegregation. Journal of Labor Economics: 213-256.

Jackson, Kirabo (2008). Cash for Test Scores: The Impact of the Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program. Education Next: 70-77.

Research Interests

Economics of education, labor economics, public finance, applied econometrics, development.

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