Elizabeth U. Cascio

Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth

I am an economist specializing in the study of education and social policy relating to children, often in historical perspective.  I have studied the educational and socioeconomic ramifications of major policy and demographic shifts in the 20th century United States – the passage of landmark civil rights and federal education legislation in the 1960s, state subsidization of kindergartens in the 1960s and 1970s, and the large influx of immigrants into public schools since the 1970s.  My recent and ongoing research endeavors to understand how educational and social progress is enabled – and held back – by matters of policy design, economic conditions, and political voice.

My research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Human ResourcesAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Urban Economics, among other outlets.  In recent years, I have also occasionally authored policy pieces for The Hamilton Project.

In addition to my faculty appointment at Dartmouth College, I am a Research Associate in the Programs on Education, Development of the American Economy, and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  I was also a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources from June 2014 to October 2019.  I received my B.A. summa cum laude  from Franklin and Marshall College in 1997 and my Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.  I joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2006.