Christopher L. Bartlett, Ph.D.
June 2008 -
September 2007 – June 2008
American Economic Association
My research centers on human capital, specifically education. Below are brief outlines of several of my ongoing research projects.
My primary line of research examines the effects of university policies on the outcomes of university graduates. These effects are generated both directly through the policies themselves, and indirectly through their influence on decisions made by individuals in their acquisition of human capital.
I also have ongoing research in discrimination. I am interested in the differences between blacks and whites in many outcomes including earnings and education. I am specifically interested in the reasons why they acquire different amount of human capital, on average.
I also have ongoing research into the intergenerational transmission of human capital. I am interested in whether the high correlation between parent and child education levels can be attributed directly to education, or whether it is a function of other common characteristics, and if so, what those characteristics might be. For this line of research, I have developed a novel method for measuring causality which can be applied more broadly to other areas of economics.
Finally, I am interested in the effects of disability on human capital acquisition. I am particularly interested in the effects of disabilities that may limit one’s access to certain job markets, but do not significantly increase the cost of acquiring human capital. Such disabilities will increase an individual’s incentive to acquire human capital and may actually increase their earnings.
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