Michael Lovenheim


Michael Lovenheim

Associate Professor, and Director of Graduate Studies
102, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: 607-255-0705 Fax: 607-255-4071
Email: mfl55@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Michael Lovenheim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. His research is in public finance and labor economics, particularly focusing on the economics of education and issues in local taxation and regulation. His recent papers consider the role of housing wealth in the college enrollment decision, the effect of teacher incentive pay on student achievement, the effect of early retirement incentives for teachers on academic outcomes, the returns to higher education quality and to different majors, and the impact of product and nutrient specific taxes on consumer purchasing behavior and nutrition. Lovenheim received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2007 and joined PAM in 2009 after two years as a Searle Freedom Trust Post-doctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.


Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan (2007)
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan (2005)
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Economics (2000)

Courses Taught:

PAM 3100
PAM 3550
PAM 6471/ILR7471
PAM 6970 

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Administrative Responsibilities:

Director of Graduate Studies, Field of Policy Analysis and Management


Economics of Education (with Sarah E. Turner) Worth Publishers. Expected publication date of July 2017. 

This book is appropriate for undergraduates and Masters students in public policy, economics and education. If you are teaching an Economics of Education or Education Policy course in Fall 2017 and would like advanced page proofs of the book for planning purposes, please email me. 

Selected Publications:


“The Competitive Effects of Online Education” (With David Deming and Richard Patterson), Forthcoming in Productivity in Higher Education (Caroline Hoxby and Kevin Stange, Eds.). Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 22749. 

“Achievement Effects of Individual Performance Incentives in a Teacher Merit Pay Tournament” (with Scott Imberman and Margaret O’Rourke). Forthcoming, Labour Economics. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 21598. 

“Does the Market Value Value-Added? Evidence from Housing Prices after Public Release of Teacher Value-Added” (With Scott Imberman), Journal of Urban Economics, January 2016, vol. 91: 104-121. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 19157.

“The Effect of Health Care Access on Schooling: Evidence from Public Insurance Expansions” (With Sarah Cohodes, Daniel Grossman, and Samuel Kleiner), Journal of Human Resources, 2016, vol. 51, no. 3: 727-759. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 20178. 

“Affirmative Action and the Quality-Fit Tradeoff” (with Peter Arcidiacono). 2016, Journal of Economic Literature 54(1): 3-51. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 20962.

“Quantile Treatment Effects of Higher Education Quality on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Records in Texas” (With Rodney Andrews and Jing Li) Journal of Human Resources, 2016, vol. 54, no. 1: 3-51. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 18068.

“Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions” (with Peter Arcidiacono and Maria Zhu), Annual Review of Economics (7): 487-518. 

“Incentive Strength and Worker Productivity: Evidence from a Group-Based Teacher Incentive Pay System” (with Scott Imberman), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, vol. 97, no. 2: 364-386. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 18439.

“Heterogeneous Paths Through College: Detailed Patterns and Relationships with Graduation and Earnings” (With Rodney Andrews and Jing Li), Economics of Education Review, October 2014, vol. 42: 93-108. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 19935.

“Within-family Obesity Associations: Evaluation of Parent, Child, and Sibling Relationships” (with Matthew Harding and Mark Pachucki), American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 2014, vol. 47, no. 4: 382-391. 

“Early Retirement Incentives and Student Achievement” (With Maria Fitzpatrick), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, August 2014, vol. 6, no. 3: 120-154. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 19281.

“Does Federal Financial Aid Affect College Enrollment? Evidence from Drug Offenders and the Higher Education Act of 1998” (With Emily Owens), Journal of Urban Economics, May 2014, vol. 81: 1-13. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 18749.

“Do Family Wealth Shocks Affect Fertility Choices? Evidence from the Housing Market” (with Kevin Mumford), Review of Economics and Statistics, May 2013, vol. 95, no. 2: 464-475.

“The Effect of Housing Wealth on College Choice: Evidence from the Housing Boom” (With C. Lockwood Reynolds), Journal of Human Resources, Winter 2013, vol. 48, no. 1: 3-37. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 18075. 

“The Heterogeneous Geographic and Socioeconomic Incidence of Cigarette Taxes: Evidence from Nielsen Homescan Data” (with Matthew Harding and Ephraim Leibtag), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Fall 2012, vol. 4, no. 4: 169-198.

“Increasing Time to Baccalaureate Degree in the United States” (With John Bound and Sarah E. Turner), Education Finance and Policy, Fall 2012, vol. 7, no. 4: 365-424. Also published as NBER Working Paper No. 15892. 

“Changes in Postsecondary Choices by Ability and Income: Evidence from the National Longitudinal 

    Surveys of Youth” (With C. Lockwood Reynolds), Journal of Human Capital, Spring 2011, vol. 5, no. 1: 70-109.

“The Effect of Liquid Housing Wealth on College Enrollment.” Journal of Labor Economics, October 2011, vol. 29, no. 4: 741-771. 

“Do Blue Laws Save Lives?: The Effect of Sunday Alcohol Sales Bans on Fatal Vehicle Accidents” (With Daniel Steefel), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Fall 2011, 30(4): 798 – 822. 

“Why Have College Completion Rates Declined? An Analysis of Changing Student Preparation and Collegiate Resources” (With John Bound and Sarah E. Turner), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, July 2010, vol. 2, no. 3: 1-31. Also published as NBER Working Paper 15566.

“Playing with Fire: Cigarettes, Taxes and Competition from the Internet” (with Austan Goolsbee and Joel Slemrod), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, February 2010, vol. 2, no. 1: 131-153. Also published as NBER Working Paper 15612.

“The Fatal Toll of Driving to Drink: The Effect of Minimum Legal Drinking Age Evasion on Traffic Fatalities” (With Joel Slemrod), Journal of Health Economics, January 2010, vol. 29, no. 1: 62-77.

“The Effect of Teachers’ Unions on Education Production: Evidence from Union Election Certifications in Three Midwestern States.” Journal of Labor Economics, October 2009, vol. 27, no. 4: 525-587.

“How Far to the Border?: The Extent and Impact of Cross-Border Casual Cigarette Smuggling.” National Tax Journal, March 2008 (Winner of the Richard Musgrave Prize).


Economics of Education (with Sarah Turner), Worth: New York City. Expected publication date Summer 2017.  


“Early Retirement Payoff.” Education Next, Summer 2014, vol. 20, no. 3: http://educationnext.org/early-retirement-payoff/ 

“A Bad Bargain: How Teacher Collective Bargaining Affects Students’ Employment and Earnings Later in Life.” Education Next, Winter 2015, vol. 16, no. 1: http://educationnext.org/bad-bargain-teacher-collective-bargaining-employment-earnings/

Selected Keywords:
Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Public Finance

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.