Department of Economics and the College
Michael Dinerstein’s research is primarily focused on applied microeconomics, especially industrial organization, the economics of education, and public economics. He is particularly interested in how schools make decisions and the effects on the schooling market. His main work assesses the impacts of a K–12 public school funding increase and finds evidence that urban private schools closed in response to such a situation. These closures further affected the schooling market by changing students’ schooling options and the distribution of school quality.
Dinerstein is the co-author of “Did the Fiscal Stimulus Work for Universities?”, which was published in How the Financial Crisis and Great Recession Affected Higher Education (University of Chicago Press, 2014) .
He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees in economics, as well as a BS in mathematics, all from Stanford University. He was a recipient of the B.F. Haley and E.S. Shaw Fellowship for Economics and the George P. Shultz Dissertation Support Fund Fellowship, both of which were awarded by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.