I study education because I believe it is the most important policy lever for economic and social mobility. I joined the Urban Institute because it combines the public platform of a respected Washington, DC, research institution with the capacity to conduct rigorous quantitative analysis. I’m excited to expand Urban’s education policy work at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels.
Matthew Chingos is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, where he studies education-related topics at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels. Chingos's areas of expertise include class-size reduction, standardized testing, teacher quality, student loan debt, and college graduation rates. His current research examines the long-term effects of school choice policies, student transportation, and college living costs.
Before joining Urban, Chingos was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the coauthor of Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities and Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt. His work has also been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy. He has received support from the US government and several philanthropic foundations.
Chingos received a BA in government and economics and a PhD in government from Harvard University.
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