Daniel Jones

PhD Program Director, Associate Professor

Dan Jones received a PhD in economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. His research is broadly in the fields of public economics, education policy, and political economy -- with a focus on issues around representation and inequality in each. He currently serves as PhD Program Director within GSPIA and is a co-editor at the Economics of Education Review.

Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (Causal Inference)
  • Economics of Social Policy
  • PhD Seminar in Public Policy

    Education & Training

  • PhD in Economics, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
  • BA in Economics, University of Alabama-Birmingham (2008)
Recent Publications
  • “Paying for whose performance? Teacher incentives and the black-white test score gap” with Andrew Hill (Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis, 2021)
  • “The effect of school closings on teacher labor market outcomes and teacher effectiveness" with Andrew Hill (Education Finance & Policy, 2021)
  • “The impacts of performance pay on teacher effectiveness and retention: Does teacher gender matter?” with Andrew Hill (Journal of Human Resources, 2020)
  • "How do voters matter? Evidence from US Congressional redistricting" with Randall Walsh [NBER Working Paper No. 22526], Journal of Public Economics (2018).
  • "Gridlock: Ethnic diversity in government and public good provision" with Brian Beach, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2017).
  • "Does partisan affiliation impact the distribution of spending? Evidence from state governments' expenditures on education" with Andrew Hill, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2017).
Research Interests
  • Public economics
  • Public economy
  • Labor economics
  • Race and gender in the economy
  • Political selection and representation
  • Non-monetary motivations in the labor market
  • Charitable giving in the nonprofit sector