Ofer Malamud

Ofer Malamud

*ON LEAVE 9/ 2019 - 8/ 2020 *

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Ofer Malamud is Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Malamud is an economist focused on education policy from an international perspective. His research is concentrated in three substantive areas: educational investments over the life course, the role of technology in the formation of human capital, and the effect of general and specific education on labor market outcomes. He has studied these topics in a wide range of institutional settings across countries such as Chile, England, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Scotland, and the United States.

Malamud is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the CESifo Research Network. He also serves as a research consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Before joining Northwestern, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2004 PhD, Economics Harvard University
1997 BA, Economics and Philosophy Harvard University

Selected Publications

Buckles, K., A. Hagemann, O. Malamud, M. Morrill, and A. Wozniak (2016). The impact of college education on mortality. Journal of Health Economics 50: 99–114.

Beuermann, D., J. Cristia, S. Cueto, O. Malamud, and Y. Cruz-Aguayo (2015). One laptop per child at home: Short-term impacts from a randomized experiment in Peru. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7(2): 53–80.

Barrow, L., and O. Malamud (2015). Is college a worthwhile investment?. Annual Review of Economics 7: 519–55.

Alon, S., and O. Malamud (2014). The impact of class-based affirmative action on admission and academic outcomes in Israel. Economics of Education Review 40: 123–39.

Malamud, O., and A. Wozniak (2012). The impact of college education on migration: Evidence from the Vietnam generation. Journal of Human Resources 47(4): 913–50.

Malamud, O. (2011). Discovering one's talent: Learning from academic specialization. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 62(2): 375-405.

Malamud, O., and C. Pop-Eleches. (2011). Home computer use and the development of human capital. Quarterly Journal of Economics 126(2): 987–1027.

Malamud, O., and C. Pop-Eleches (2011). School tracking and access to higher education among disadvantaged groups. Journal of Public Economics 95(11-12): 1538-49.

Malamud, O., and C. Pop-Eleches (2010). General education vs. vocational training: Evidence from an economy in transition. Review of Economics and Statistics 92(1): 43-60.

Malamud, O. (2010). Breadth vs. depth: The timing of specialization in higher education. Labour 24(4): 359-90.

Malamud, O. (2010). The Structure of European Higher Education in the Wake of the Bologna Reforms in Charles Clotfelter, American Universities in a Global Market (pp. 205-230). NBER .

Research Interests

General and vocational education, Technology and child development, Returns to college education

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