Jordan Matsudaira


Jordan Matsudaira

Assistant Professor
133, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: 607-229-9478
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Jordan Matsudaira is a labor economist whose work addresses the effects of education, health, and welfare policies on the behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations. His research ranges from investigating the impact of bilingual education programs on the educational and economic outcomes of the children of immigrants, to the impact of unionization on teacher and student outcomes in charter schools, to the effects of new teacher evaluation systems.  He is also studying how to best measure the outputs of institutions of higher education, and the impact of providing prospective students with institution performance information on college choice.  In other efforts, he is examining the effects of increased staffing levels on patient outcomes in nursing homes, and the extent of monopsony power in the labor market for nurses. Jordan holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Fellow in Health Policy Research at University of California, Berkeley before coming to Cornell.  From 2013 to 2015 he was on leave from Cornell on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, serving as Chief Economist.

Current Professional Activities:

American Economics Association
Association of Public Policy and Management
Association of Education Finance and Policy

Current Public Engagement Activities:

 I was on leave for 2014 working for the President's Council of Economic Advisers.


2005 Ph.D., Economics and Public Policy. University of Michigan.
2002 M.A., Economics. University of Michigan.
1996 M.P.P., Harvard University. John F. Kennedy School of Government.
1993 B.A., Union College.

Courses Taught:

PAM 2550: Waiting for Superman?  Perspectives on the 'Crisis' in American K-12 Education
PAM 4100: Causal Reasoning and Policy Evaluation
PAM 6090-ECON 6590: Empirical Strategies for Policy Analysis

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Personal Site:

Selected Publications:

Matsudaira, Jordan (forthcoming). “Economic Conditions and the Living Arrangements of Young Adults.” forthcoming, Journal of Population Economics.

Matsudaira, Jordan and Rebecca Blank.  (2014) “The Impact of Earnings Disregards on the Behavior and Income of Low Income Families.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Matsudaira, Jordan (2014). “Monopsony in the Low-Wage Labor Market? Evidence from Minimum Nurse Staffing Regulations.” Review of Economics and Statistics.

Matsudaira, Jordan (2014). “Government regulation and the quality of health care: Evidence from minimum staffing legislation for nursing homes.” Journal of Human Resources.

Matsudaira, Jordan and Maricar Mabutas (2014).  “Federal CollegeWork Study.” in Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus, editors. Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Sage Publications.

Matsudaira, Jordan and Richard Patterson (2014).  “Innovation in Education.” in Dominic Brewer and Lawrence Picus, editors. Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. Sage Publications.

Matsudaira, Jordan (2014). “Monopsony in Health Labor Markets Theory, prima facie Plausibility, and Evidence.” in Tony Culyer,editor. Encyclopedia of Health Economics. Elsevier. 

Matsudaira, Jordan, Adrienne Hosek and Elias Walsh (2012).  “An Integrated Assessment of the Effects of Title I on School Behavior, Resources, and Student Achievement.” with Adrienne Hosek and EliasWalsh. Economics of Education Review, 31(3): 1-14.

Matsudaira, Jordan (2008). "Mandatory Summer School and Student Achievement." Journal of Econometrics, 142(2), 829-850.


Searchable Keywords:
labor economics, poverty, applied econometrics, monopsony, regression discontinuity, bilingual education, economics of education, matsudaira

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