Jordan Matsudaira

A labor economist, Jordan Matsudaira researches the role of education and labor market policies on the well-being and economic mobility of low income Americans. An assistant professor in policy analysis and management, Matsudaira served as Chief Economist on President Obama’s Council on Economic Advisers from 2013-2015.

His research delves into policies ranging from the impact that unionization has on teachers’ and students’ outcomes in charter schools to the effectiveness of time-limited welfare benefits, and how federal student aid affects college attendance and student outcomes.

Matsudaira’ s articles are published in the Journal of Econometrics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Human Resources, and Economics of Education Review, among others. He’s also written book chapters, including Is it Getting Harder to Get Ahead? Cohort Differences in Economic Attainments in Early Adulthood” (with Mary Corcoran). in Richard Settersten, Frank Furstenberg and Ruben Rumbaut, editors. On the Frontier of Adulthood. University of Chicago Press. 2005.

When speaking about teaching econometrics, Matsudaira says, “My aim in econometrics is to win hearts and minds – to make students fall in love with the possibilities of using data to solve real world problems and to make them become, or want to become in the case of undergraduates, expert producers of policy research.”

Jordan Matsudaira
Policy Analysis and Management
College of Human Ecology
133 Martha Van Rennselaer Hall