American Institutes for Research

Charles Clotfelter, Senior Researcher

 Charles Clotfelter
Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies; Professor of Economics & Law
Director, Center for the Study of Philanthropy & Voluntarism 
Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy-Duke University 
Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708
e-mail this expertcharles.clotfelter@duke.edu

Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University
Curriculum Vitae
Clotfelter Homepage
Expertise: accountability, achievement, education finance, higher education, racial/ethnic inequalities, school desegregation 




Biography

Charles T. Clotfelter is the Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Law at Duke University, where he has taught since 1979.  Dr. Clotfelter is Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism at Duke and is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Clotfelter is is a member of the CALDER North Carolina team.

Dr. Clotfelter’s major research interests are the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, public finance and tax policy. He is the author of After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004); Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 1996); and Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (University of Chicago Press, 1985).  His recent CALDER publications include papers on teacher credentials and student achievement, the distribution of teachers across high/low-poverty schools, and school desegregation.

Dr. Clotfelter has previously taught at the University of Maryland, spending his last year there on leave at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis, where he was a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow. While at Duke, he has served as Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Planning, Vice Chancellor, and Vice Provost for Academic Programs. Dr. Clotfelter has also served as President of the Southern Economic Association. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

CALDER-related Publications

Working Papers 

bullet Teacher Mobility, School Segregation, and Pay-Based Policies to Level the Playing Field
Working Paper 44 (May 2010)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor

bullet Are Teacher Absences Worth Worrying about in the U.S.?
Working Paper 24 (April 2009)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L.Vigdor

bullet School Segregation under Color-Blind Jurisprudence: The Case of North Carolina
Working Paper 16 (February 2008)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor

bullet Teacher Credentials and Student Achievement in High School: A Cross-Subject Analysis with Student Fixed Effects
Working Paper 11 (October 2007)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor

bullet How and Why Do Teacher Credentials Matter for Student Achievement?
Working Paper 2 (March 2007)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor

bullet High Poverty Schools and the Distribution of Teachers and Principals
Working Paper 1 (March 2007)
By Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd, Jacob L. Vigdor, and Justin Wheeler


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

bullet Clotfelter, Charles T., Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor. 2009. "Are Teacher Absences Worth Worrying about in the U.S.?" Education Finance and Policy 4(2):115-49 (Previously Working Paper 24).

bullet Clotfelter, Charles T., Helen F. Ladd, and Jacob L. Vigdor. 2010. "Teacher Credentials and Student Achievement in High School: A Cross-Subject Analysis with Student Fixed Effects." Journal of Human Resources 45(3):655-81 (Previously Working Paper 11).

bullet Figlio, David N., and Jeffrey Roth. 2009. "The Behavioral Consequences of Pre-kindergarten Participation for Disadvantaged Youth.”  In The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth: An Economic Perspective, edited by Jonathan Gruber (15-42). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

bullet Figlio, David N., and Helen F. Ladd. 2008. “School Accountability and Student Achievement.” In Handbook of Education Finance and Policy, First Edition, edited by Edward B. Fiske and Helen F. Ladd (166-82). New York: Routledge.

bullet Figlio, David N.,and Lawrence W. Kenny. 2007. “Individual Teacher Incentives and Student Performance.” Journal of Public Economics 91(5-6):901-14 (Previously Working Paper 8).

bullet Figlio, David N., and Cecilia Rouse. 2006. “Do Accountability and Voucher Threats Improve Low-Performing Schools?” Journal of Public Economics 90(1-2): 239-55.


Selected Media

bullet Competition Boosts Public Schools
The Tampa Tribune
June 19, 2010

bullet Vouchers Work In Fla., and They'll Work Here
By Marcus A. Winters | The Star-Ledger
June 13, 2010

bullet Florida’s Education Tax Credit Program Helps Public School Students
By Adam Schaeffer | Cato @ Liberty
June 4, 2010

bullet Priced Out of the Top Public Schools
By Laura Rowley | Yahoo Finance
April 28, 2010

bullet School Choice & School Improvement: Chat
Education Week
Nov. 17, 2009

bullet Bargain Homes in the Best School Districts - BusinessWeek
By Prashant Gopal | Bloomberg.com
Sept. 24, 2009

bullet Paying Teachers for Performance: An Idea with Merit?
By Laurie Rowell | eLearn Magazine
June 23, 2009
 

 

 

CALDER Working Paper 87
Algebra for 8th Graders: Evidence on Its Effects from 10 North Carolina Districts
 
CALDER Working Paper 88
Developmental Education in North Carolina Community Colleges
 
CALDER Working Paper 74
Success in Community College: Do Institutions Differ?
 
CALDER Working Paper 69
The Aftermath of Accelerating Algebra: Evidence from a District Policy Initiative
 
CALDER Working Paper 44
Teacher Mobility, School Segregation, and Pay-Based Policies to Level the Playing Field
 
CALDER Working Paper 24
Are Teacher Absences Worth Worrying about in the U.S.?
 
CALDER Working Paper 16
School Segregation under Color-Blind Jurisprudence: The Case of North Carolina
 
CALDER Working Paper 11
Teacher Credentials and Student Achievement in High School: A Cross-Subject Analysis with Student Fixed Effects
 
CALDER Working Paper 2
How and Why Do Teacher Credentials Matter for Student Achievement?
 
CALDER Working Paper 1
High Poverty Schools and the Distribution of Teachers and Principals

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March Madness and Productivity: The Real Story
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Many Teacher Pension Funds are Underfunded, Analysis Finds
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End College Sports Indentured Servitude: Pay "Student Athletes"
Forbes.com
 
BookTV: Charles Clotfelter, "Big-Time Sports in American Universities"
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Studies Mixed on National Certification for Teachers
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