Erica Blom is a research associate in the Education Policy Program at the Urban Institute, where she studies higher education policy. Before joining Urban, she was a principal consultant at Edgeworth Economics, studying such issues as discriminatory practices in the labor market and anticompetitive practices. She also contributed to various pro bono projects, including the evaluation of charter school lotteries and a study of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Blom received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science from Queen's University and a master’s degree in economics from Western University. She also earned a doctoral degree in economics from Yale University, where her research focused on students’ choices in college major. She has published in the Annual Review of Economics, and her dissertation research has contributed to joint work with Benjamin Keys and Brian Cadena on the effects of the business cycle on college major choice.