Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
- Teacher effectiveness
Kirabo Jackson studies education and social policy issues as a labor economist. His recent work analyzes the role of peer learning in teacher effectiveness and how student demographics directly affect the distribution of teacher quality across schools. He is also involved in a number of projects to understand when and why certain policies that reward teachers—or students—for student achievement improve student outcomes. Another research area looks at evidence that how well a teacher fits with a certain school can be as important as teacher quality for some outcomes. Jackson’s scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of Labor Economics and Journal of Human Resources, among others, and his research has been featured in a number of mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Education Week. Jackson is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and was previously an assistant professor at Cornell University.