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 Center on Education Data and Policy fills a gap by both providing relevant and rigorous analyses and democratizing data so that others can do this work, too.
Matthew M. Chingos directs the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute. He leads a team of scholars who undertake policy-relevant research on issues from prekindergarten through postsecondary education and create tools such as Urban’s Education Data Portal.
Chingos is coauthor of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt and Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities. He has testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR.
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.