Scott Andrew Imberman

Associate Professor

Department of Economics and CEPSE

Ph.D. (Economics), University of Maryland, 2007

Marshall-Adams Hall

486 W Circle Dr Rm 100

East Lansing, MI 48824


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Peer Reviewed Publications


“Incentive Strength and Teacher Productivity: Evidence from a Group-Based Teacher Incentive Pay System” with Michael Lovenheim

    Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming 2015. (link)


“The Effect of Providing Breakfast on Achievement and Attendance: Evidence from an In-Class Breakfast Program” with Adriana Kugler

    Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 33(3), 2014. (link)


"Is Gifted Education a Bright Idea? Assessing the Impacts of Gifted and Talented Programs.” with Sa Bui and Steven Craig

    American Economic Journal - Economic Policy, 6(3), 2014. (link; appendix).


"Impact of Bilingual Education Programs on Limited English Proficient Students and Their Peers: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Texas" with Aimee Chin and N. Meltem Daysal

    Journal of Public Economics, 107, 2013. (link)


"Does it Pay to Get an A? School Resource Allocations in Response to Accountability Ratings"  with Steven Craig and Adam Perdue

    Journal of Urban Economics, 73(1), 2013. (link; appendix)


"Katrina's Children: Evidence on the Structure of Peer Effects from Hurricane Evacuees"  with Adriana Kugler and Bruce Sacerdote

    American Economic Review, 102(5), 2012.  (link; appendix).


"Dressed for Success? The Effect of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Behavior" with Elisabetta Gentile

    Journal of Urban Economics, 71(1), 2012(link; appendix).


 "The Effect of Charter Schools on Achievement and Behavior of Public School Students" 

    Journal of Public Economics, 95(7-8), 2011(link; appendix)


"Achievement and Behavior in Charter Schools: Drawing a More Complete Picture"

    Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(2), 2011. (link; appendix).



Other Writings


“Student Incentives”

    Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance, Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus, eds. Sage Publications, forthcoming 2014.


“Econometric Methods for Research in Education”

     Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance, Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus, eds. Sage Publications, forthcoming 2014.


"Poor Results for High Achievers: Hard Evidence on the Impact of Gifted and Talented Programs" with Sa Bui and Steven Craig.

    Education Next, 12(1), 2012 (link)


"Why are the DI Rolls Skyrocketing?" with Mark Duggan

    Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability among the Elderly, David Cutler and David Wise eds, University of Chicago Press, 2008. (link)



Working Papers

“Capitalization of Charter Schools into Residential Housing Prices” with Maggie O’Rourke and Michael Naretta. (link) Revisions requested at Education Finance and Policy.


"Does the Market Value Value-Added? Evidence from Housing Prices after Public Release of Teacher Value-Added“ with Michael Lovenheim

    NBER WP No. 19157. (link) Under review.


Do Administrators Respond to Their Accountability Ratings? The Response of School Budgets to Accountability Grades.” with with Steven Craig and Adam Perdue (link) Under review


“The Effect of Incentive Award Receipt on Teacher Performance: Regression Discontinuity Evidence” with Michael Lovenheim.


Works in Progress


"The Effects of College Major on Earnings and Persistence." with Rodney Andrews and Michael Lovenheim


“The Effects of Attending a Flagship University on Earnings and Persistence of High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Evidence from the Longhorn and Century Scholars Programs.” with Rodney Andrews and Michael Lovenheim


“Group versus Individual Teacher Incentives: Implications for Accuracy, Equity and Effectiveness.” with Cassandra Guarino


“Popping the Bubble or Just Pushing It? The Effect of Modifications to Proficiency Thresholds on the Achievement Distribution.”


“Autism and Assortative Mating” with N. Meltem Daysal, Todd Elder, Judith Hellerstein, and Chiara Orsini



Deceased papers:

"Are There Returns to Attending a Private College or University?" (appendix).

"What is the Return to Attending a Non-Elite Private College?” with Shreyasee Das.








 All glory to the hypnotoad.









   ED 944 - Advanced Econometrics and Economics of Education I

   CEP 932 - Quantitative Methods in Education Research I

   EC 485 - Economics of Education




























General Humor and Other Fun Stuff






Journal of Obnoxious Statistics - Frankly, I think JASA is overrated.  This is where real statistics are done.

Journal of Irreproducible Results - The godfather of the JObS.

Journal of Universal Rejection - Universal renown, universal prestige, universally depressing.

Darwin Awards - In honor of those who should not be allowed to reproduce.

The IgNobels - Awards for research and other human activity that should never be reproduced. 

A Look Into the Future