Randall Reback

Associate Professor of Economics

Randall Reback, associate professor of economics since 2011, joined the Barnard faculty in 2003. In addition to his teaching duties for the department of economics, Professor Reback is affilated with Barnard's urban studies program.

He has taught such courses as "Introduction to Microeconomics," "Econometrics," "Economics of Education," and "Spatial Analysis in Urban Economics."

Professor Reback has a particular interest in the economics of education. Early in his career, he was a fifth-grade teacher in East Palo Alto, California.

Professor Reback's work has been recognized by awards from the AERA/NSF/Institute for Education Sciences Research, the American Education Finance Association, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Selected Publications

"Demand (and Supply) in an Inter-district Public School Choice Program," Economics of Education Review (Forthcoming)

"Tales from the Other Side of Education Finance: Other Districts' Schools, Other Pathways into Teaching, and Other People's Preferences," policy brief, Education Finance and Policy (Forthcoming)

"Teaching to the Rating: School Accountability and the Distribution of Student Achievement," Journal of Public Economics (Forthcoming)

"Tinkering Towards Accolades: School Gaming under a Performance Accountability System" (with J. B. Cullen), in Advances in Applied Microeconomics 14, ed. T. J. Gronberg and D. W. Jansen (Elsevier, 2006)

"Entry Costs and the Supply of Public School Teachers," Education Finance and Policy 1 (Spring 2006)

"House Prices and the Provision of Public Services: Capitalization under School Choice Programs," Journal of Urban Economics 57 (March 2005)

"The Impact of College Course Offerings on the Supply of Academically Talented Public School Teachers," Journal of Econometrics 121 (July 2004)

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Economics of education
Labor economics
Public finance

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B.A., M.A., Stanford University

M.A., Ph.D. University of Michigan

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In the News

Economics professor collaborates with former research assistant Molly Alter ’10 on study published by the American Educational Research Association

New online database suggests that children are still learning, despite schools' risk of failure.

Coverage of Prof. Reback's work appears in The Washington Post, Inside Higher Education, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.