Bio


Eric Bettinger is a professor in the Stanford University School of Education. He is also a research associate in the program on education at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bettinger is the Director of the Center for Educational Policy Analysis and a Co-Director at the Lemann Center for Brazilian Education at Stanford. His research interests include economics of education; student success and completion in college; the impacts of financial aid; teacher characteristics and student success in college; effects of voucher programs on both academic and non-academic outcomes. Eric’s research focuses on using rigorous statistical methods in identifying cause-and-effect relationships in higher education. His research on simplifying financial aid applications has influenced recent efforts by the White House to simplify financial aid processes. He has served as a consultant to the White House and various state governments on financial aid policies.

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Professor of Education and Economics (by courtesy), Stanford University (2008 - Present)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Affiliate, Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, Lemann Center for Entrepreneurship and Educational Innovation in Brazil, Stanford Center for International Development, Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at Teacher’s College, Center for the Analysis for Postsecondary Readiness at Teacher’s College, CESifo (2019 - Present)
  • Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (2015 - Present)
  • Faculty Director, Aspen-Stanford Collaboration on Community College Leadership, Stanford University (2015 - Present)
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (2011 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education (2008 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve (2006 - 2008)
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (2003 - 2011)
  • Visiting Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Science (2002 - 2002)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve (2000 - 2006)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Economics (2000)
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, Economics. Magna cum Laude, Honors (1996)

Research Interests


  • Data Sciences
  • Economics and Education
  • Higher Education
  • International and Comparative Education

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Bettinger, Eric and Bridget Long. “Simplification and Incentives: A Randomized Experiment to Increase College Savings."

Antonio, Anthony, Eric Bettinger, Brent Evans, Jesse Foster, and Rie Kijima. “The Effect of High School College Advisement: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Texas.”

Bettinger, Eric, Michael Kremer, Maurice Kugler, and Juan Saavedra. “The Effect of Educational Vouchers in Colombia on Students’ Labor Market Outcomes.”

Bettinger, Eric, Oded Gurantz, Laura Kawano, and Bruce Sacerdote. "The Long-run Impacts of Merit Aid: Evidence from California's Cal-Grant."

Bettinger, Eric, Lindsay Fox, Susanna Loeb, and Eric Taylor, “Changing Distributions: How Online College Classes Alter Student and Professor Performance.”

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Lily Fesler, Luis Grochocki, David Lang, Mark Murphy
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Zhaolei Shi
  • Master's Program Advisor
    Salome Aguilar, Kayley Miller
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Madison Dell, Lief Esbenshade, Elizabeth Huffaker, David Lang, Monica Lee, David Song, Sam Trejo, Ana Trindade Ribeiro

All Publications


  • College Guidance for All: A Randomized Experiment in Pre-College Advising JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT Bettinger, E. P., Evans, B. J. 2019; 38 (3): 579-+

    View details for DOI 10.1002/pam.22133

    View details for Web of Science ID 000470934700004

  • The Long-Run Impacts of Financial Aid: Evidence from California's Cal Grant AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL-ECONOMIC POLICY Bettinger, E., Gurantz, O., Kawano, L., Sacerdote, B., Stevens, M. 2019; 11 (1): 64–94
  • Mass Instruction or Higher Learning? The Impact of College Class Size on Student Retention and Graduation EDUCATION FINANCE AND POLICY Bettinger, E. P., Long, B. 2018; 13 (1): 97–118
  • The Effect of Labor Market Information on Community College Students' Major Choice ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION REVIEW Baker, R., Bettinger, E., Jacob, B., Marinescu, I. 2018; 65: 18–30
  • Increasing perseverance in math: Evidence from a field experiment in Norway JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR & ORGANIZATION Bettinger, E., Ludvigsen, S., Rege, M., Solli, I. F., Yeager, D. 2018; 146: 1–15
  • Connections Matter: How Interactive Peers Affect Students in Online College Courses JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT Bettinger, E., Liu, J., Loeb, S. 2016; 35 (4): 932-?

    View details for DOI 10.1002/pam.21932

    View details for Web of Science ID 000383668300010

  • When inputs are outputs: The case of graduate student instructors ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION REVIEW Bettinger, E. P., Long, B. T., Taylor, E. S. 2016; 52: 63-76
  • Need-Based Aid and College Persistence: The Effects of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS Bettinger, E. 2015; 37: 102S-119S
  • Need-based aid and college persistence: The effects of the Ohio College Opportunity Grant Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Bettinger, E. 2015; 37 (1_suppl): 102S-119S
  • Home with Mom: The Effects of Stay-at-Home Parents on Children's Long-Run Educational Outcomes JOURNAL OF LABOR ECONOMICS Bettinger, E., Haegeland, T., Rege, M. 2014; 32 (3): 443-467

    View details for DOI 10.1086/675070

    View details for Web of Science ID 000340135100003

  • The Effects of Student Coaching: An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Advising EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS Bettinger, E. P., Baker, R. B. 2014; 36 (1): 3-19
  • The effects of student coaching: An evaluation of a randomized experiment in student advising Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Bettinger, E. P., Baker, R. B. 2014; 36 (1): 3-19
  • Home with mom: the effects of stay-at-home parents on children’s long-run educational outcomes Journal of Labor Economics Bettinger, E., Hægeland, T., Rege, M. 2014; 32 (3): 443-467
  • Lessons learned from a data-driven college access program: The National College Advising Corps. New directions for youth development Horng, E. L., Evans, B. J., Antonio, A. L., Foster, J. D., Kalamkarian, H. S., Hurd, N. F., Bettinger, E. P. 2013; 2013 (140): 55-75

    Abstract

    This chapter discusses the collaboration between a national college access program, the National College Advising Corps (NCAC), and its research and evaluation team at Stanford University. NCAC is currently active in almost four hundred high schools and through the placement of a recent college graduate to serve as a college adviser provides necessary information and support for students who may find it difficult to navigate the complex college admission process. The advisers also conduct outreach to underclassmen in an effort to improve the school-wide college-going culture. Analyses include examination of both quantitative and qualitative data from numerous sources and partners with every level of the organization from the national office to individual high schools. The authors discuss balancing the pursuit of evaluation goals with academic scholarship. In an effort to benefit other programs seeking to form successful data-driven interventions, the authors provide explicit examples of the partnership and present several examples of how the program has benefited from the data gathered by the evaluation team.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/yd.20078

    View details for PubMedID 24474258

  • Improving College Performance and Retention the Easy Way: Unpacking the ACT Exam AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL-ECONOMIC POLICY Bettinger, E. P., Evans, B. J., Pope, D. G. 2013; 5 (2): 26-52

    View details for DOI 10.1257/pol.5.2.26

    View details for Web of Science ID 000318431900002

  • Student Supports: Developmental Education and Other Academic Programs FUTURE OF CHILDREN Bettinger, E. P., Boatman, A., Long, B. T. 2013; 23 (1): 93-115
  • Improving college performance and retention the easy way: Unpacking the ACT exam American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Bettinger, E. P., Evans, B. J., Pope, D. G. 2013; 5 (2): 26-52
  • Lessons learned from a data‐driven college access program: The National College Advising Corps New directions for youth development Horng, E. L., Evans, B. J., Antonio, A. L., Foster, J. D., Kalamkarian, H. S., Hurd, N. F., Bettinger, E. P. 2013; 2013 (140): 55-75
  • The Role of Application Assistance and Information in College Decisions: Results from the H & R Block Fafsa Experiment QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Bettinger, E. P., Long, B. T., Oreopoulos, P., Sanbonmatsu, L. 2012; 127 (3): 1205-1242

    View details for DOI 10.1093/qje/qjs017

    View details for Web of Science ID 000307835000004

  • PAYING TO LEARN: THE EFFECT OF FINANCIAL INCENTIVES ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEST SCORES REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS Bettinger, E. P. 2012; 94 (3): 686-698
  • The role of simplification and information: Evidence from the FAFSA experiment Quarterly Journal of Economics Bettinger, E., Long, B., Oreopoulos, P., Sanbonmatsu, L. 2012; 123 (3): 1205-1242
  • ARE EDUCATIONAL VOUCHERS ONLY REDISTRIBUTIVE? ECONOMIC JOURNAL Bettinger, E., Kremer, M., Saavedra, J. E. 2010; 120 (546): F204-F228
  • DOES CHEAPER MEAN BETTER? THE IMPACT OF USING ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS ON STUDENT OUTCOMES REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS Bettinger, E. P., Long, B. T. 2010; 92 (3): 598-613
  • Addressing the Needs of Underprepared Students in Higher Education Does College Remediation Work? JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES Bettinger, E. P., Long, B. T. 2009; 44 (3): 736-771