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Judith Scott-Clayton

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

Judith Scott-Clayton is Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches courses on labor economics and causal inference. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC). Scott-Clayton holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Scott-Clayton’s research lies at the intersection of labor economics and higher education policy, with a particular emphasis on public institutions and community colleges. Her recent work has focused on three areas: (1) the impact of financial aid, including grants, merit-based aid, and work-study programs, on college attainment and future life outcomes, (2) students’ information constraints and the consequences of complexity in policy/program design, particularly around aid application and renewal procedures, (3) the validity of remedial placement exams and consequences of remedial placement for community college students.

Scott-Clayton’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries and has been published in economics, education, and policy journals including the Journal of Human Resources, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy, and has been covered by national media including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, PBS, NPR, and CNN. Scott-Clayton has testified twice to the U.S. Senate as an expert on financial aid policy and research, has written for the New York Times’ Economix and Upshot blogs, and actively participates in higher education policy discussions at the state and federal level.

Judith Scott-Clayton is Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches courses on labor economics and causal inference. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC). Scott-Clayton holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Scott-Clayton’s research lies at the intersection of labor economics and higher education policy, with a particular emphasis on public institutions and community colleges. Her recent work has focused on three areas: (1) the impact of financial aid, including grants, merit-based aid, and work-study programs, on college attainment and future life outcomes, (2) students’ information constraints and the consequences of complexity in policy/program design, particularly around aid application and renewal procedures, (3) the validity of remedial placement exams and consequences of remedial placement for community college students.

Scott-Clayton’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries and has been published in economics, education, and policy journals including the Journal of Human Resources, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy, and has been covered by national media including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, PBS, NPR, and CNN. Scott-Clayton has testified twice to the U.S. Senate as an expert on financial aid policy and research, has written for the New York Times’ Economix and Upshot blogs, and actively participates in higher education policy discussions at the state and federal level.

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