Director, Education Policy Program
I believe education is the most important policy lever for economic and social mobility, which is why I think it’s important to get high-quality education research in the hands of decisionmakers. The Education Policy Program fills a gap by providing relevant, rigorous analyses quickly, so we can inform policy as it’s being made. I’m excited to expand Urban’s education policy work at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels.
Matthew M. Chingos is director of the Urban Institute’s Education Policy Program, which undertakes policy-relevant research on issues from prekindergarten through postsecondary education. Current research projects examine universal prekindergarten programs, school choice, student transportation, school funding, college affordability, student loan debt, and personalized learning.
Chingos is an executive editor of Education Next and coauthor of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt and Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities. His work has been featured in major media outlets and has been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
Before joining Urban, Chingos was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received a BA in government and economics and a PhD in government from Harvard University.