As a Robert H. Topel Faculty Scholar, Jack Mountjoy’s research explores the economics and econometrics of education, labor markets, and social mobility. Several current projects examine the consequences of educational decisions that are not easily characterized by how much schooling to acquire, but rather by what type of program to enroll in, including vocational tracking in high school, two-year versus four-year colleges, and more-selective versus less-selective universities. A common theme in this work is the use of large, linked administrative datasets that permit exploration of long-run dynamics and potentially disparate impacts across students coming from different backgrounds and decision margins.
Mountjoy holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, where his dissertation work earned a fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation. He also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in mathematics from George Washington University and a BA in economics and politics from Whitman College. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in economics at Princeton University in the Industrial Relations Section and previously worked as an economic research analyst at the Federal Trade Commission.
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