Mark C. Long
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Long is an expert in understanding how public policy affects the transition of youth from high school to college, and from college to the labor market and early adulthood. He is particularly interested in racial, gender, and poverty disparities in educational attainment. He has studied why boys are less likely to attend and complete college than girls; disparities in advanced high school course-taking and the effects of these courses on subsequent outcomes; the effects of affirmative action and alternative college admissions policies on college entry; and the effects of college financial aid on household savings. He is currently working on studies that will improve the methods used in benefit-cost analysis of public projects, and in understanding how individual savings and labor supply decisions respond to the complexity of public policy incentives.