Stephanie Riegg Cellini

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, and Economics / Director, Master's in Public Administration Program
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-0019
Fax: 202-994-6792
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor economics
  • Education policy
  • Postsecondary education
  • For-profit colleges
  • Federal student aid

Professor Stephanie Cellini's research interests include education policy, labor economics, and public finance.  Recent papers focus on the labor market returns to a for-profit college education and the responses of for-profit postsecondary institutions to changes in federal and state financial aid programs.  Other work examines competition in the two-year college market and the value of school quality and facility investments in K-12 education.  Professor Cellini's work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the American Economic Journal: Policy, among others.  professor Cellini teaches cost-benefit analysis and economics for public decision-making in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.  She received my M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University.


PhD, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Public Policy, Stanford University


Selected Publications

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Claudia Goldin, “Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming.

Carrillo, Paul, Stephanie Riegg Cellini, and Richard Green, “School Quality and Information Disclosure: Evidence from the Housing Market,” Economic Inquiry, 51(3), July 2013: 1809-1828.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “For-Profit Higher Education: An Assessment of Costs and Benefits” National Tax Journal, 65(1), March 2012: 153-180.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Financial Aid and For-Profit Colleges: Does Aid Encourage Entry?” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(3), Summer 2010: 526-552.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, Fernando Ferreira, and Jesse Rothstein, “The Value of School Facility Investments: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125(1), February 2010: 215-261. Reprinted in The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs, edited by Albert N. Link and John T. Scott. Williston, VT: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Lerman, Robert I. and Stephanie Riegg Cellini, Demography, Education, and the Workforce. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009: 167 pages.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Crowded Colleges and College Crowd-Out: The Impact of Public Subsidies on the Two-Year College Market,” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 1(2), August 2009: 1-30.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, Signe-Mary McKernan, and Caroline Ratcliffe, “The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 27(3), Summer 2008: 577-605.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Causal Inference and Omitted Variable Bias in Financial Aid Research: Assessing Solutions,” Review of Higher Education, 31(3), Spring 2008: 329-354.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Smoothing the Transition to College? The Effect of Tech-Prep Programs on Educational Attainment,” Economics of Education Review, 25(4), August 2006: 394-411.

Kane, Thomas J., Stephanie K. Riegg, and Douglas O. Staiger, “School Quality, Neighborhoods, and Housing Prices,” American Law and Economics Review, 8(2), Summer 2006: 183-212.

Personal Interests

  • Running
  • Cooking
  • Soccer
  • Whatever my kids are into at the moment!


Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Classes Taught

PPPA 6003  Economics for Public Decision-Making
PPPA 6015  Benefit-Cost Analysis

Professor Stephanie Cellini with her daughter, Gia.