Stephanie Riegg Cellini

Title:
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, and Economics
Faculty:
Associate
Office:
601M
Address: Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-0019
Fax: 202-994-6792
Email:
scellini@gwu.edu
Website:

Areas of Expertise

Education policy
Postsecondary education
For-Profit education
Education finance
Labor economics
Demography

Background

Dr. Cellini is on sabbatical for the Spring 2014 semester.

My 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.  My 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.  I teach cost-benefit analysis and economics for public decision-making in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.  I 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.

Education

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

Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Carrillo, Paul, Stephanie Riegg Cellini, and Richard Green, “School Quality and Information Disclosure: Evidence from the Housing Market,” Economic Inquiry, forthcoming.

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.

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.

 

BOOKS

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

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and James Edwin Kee, “Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis,” Chapter 21 of Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation, Third Edition, edited by Joseph S. Wholey, Harry P. Hatry, and Kathryn E. Newcomer. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010: 493-530.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Vocational College Research: Case Studies of the United States,” Chapter 3.3.7.3. of Handbook of Vocational Education Research, edited by Felix Rauner and Rupert Maclean. Netherlands: Springer, 2008: 354-359.

Lerman, Robert I., Signe-Mary McKernan, and Stephanie K. Riegg, “The Scope of Employer-Provided Training in the U.S.: Who, What, Where, and How Much?” Chapter 7 of Job Training Policy in the United States, edited by Christopher O’Leary, Robert Straits, and Stephen Wandner. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2004: 211-243.

 

WORKING PAPERS IN SERIES

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Claudia Goldin, “Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges.” National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper No. 17827, Cambridge, MA, February 2012.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, Fernando Ferreira, and Jesse Rothstein, “The Value of School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design,” NBER Working Paper No. 14516, Cambridge, MA, December 2008.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, “Community Colleges and Proprietary Schools: A Comparison of Sub-Baccalaureate Institutions,” California Center for Population Research Working Paper No. 012-05, Los Angeles, CA, July 2005.

Kane, Thomas J., Stephanie K. Riegg, and Douglas O. Staiger, “School Quality, Neighborhoods and Housing Prices: The Impacts of School Desegregation,” NBER Working Paper No. 11347, Cambridge, MA, May 2005.

Clinton, Joshua D., David E. Lewis, Stephanie R. Cellini, and Barry R. Weingast, “Strategically Speaking: A New Analysis of the President’s Going Public,” Hoover Institution Working Paper, Stanford, CA, July 2004.

 

REPORTS, POLICY BRIEFS, AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, Fernando Ferreira, and Jesse Rothstein, “Using Housing Markets to Estimate the Value of School Infrastructure Investments,” Wharton Real Estate Review, Philadelphia, PA, Fall 2011.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg, Nicole E. Davila, and Meghan McHugh, “For-Profit Colleges in the United States: Research, Data, and Policy Recommendations,” Report to the Ford Foundation, New York, NY, January 2011.

McKernan, Signe-Mary, Caroline Ratcliffe, and Stephanie R. Cellini, “Transitioning In and Out of Poverty,” Urban Institute Fact Sheet No. 1, Washington, DC, September 2009.

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Stephanie Stone, “An Assessment of Potential Data Sources for Studies of For-Profit College Quality,” Report to the Ford Foundation, New York, NY, September 2008.

Lerman, Robert I., Signe-Mary McKernan, and Stephanie K. Riegg, “Employer-Provided Training and Public Policy,” Urban Institute Research Report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Washington, DC, August 2001.

Robert I. Lerman, Stephanie K. Riegg, and Harold Salzman, “Community Colleges: Trainers or Retrainers of Information Technology Workers?” Community College Journal, 71(6), June/July 2001: 41-44.

Pouncy, Hillard, Stephanie K. Riegg, and Carrie Kitchen, “Job Creation for Low-Income Non-Custodial Fathers: The Importance of a Collaborative Approach,” Report to the Ford Foundation, New York, NY, October 2000.

Lerman, Robert I., Stephanie K. Riegg, and Laudan Aron, “Youth in 2010: Trends and Policy Implications,” U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Washington, DC, July 2000.

Lerman, Robert I., Stephanie K. Riegg, and Harold Salzman, “The Role of Community Colleges in Expanding the Supply of Information Technology Workers,” Urban Institute Research Report, prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Washington, DC, May 2000.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Latika Chaudhary, “The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education.”

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

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Dylan Conger, “Disadvantaged Students, Expensive Colleges: Who Goes to a Private Two-Year College?”

Cellini, Stephanie Riegg and Latika Chaudhary, “Persistence, Completion, and Transfers in Private Two-Year Colleges.”

Distinctions

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2007 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention
  • 2005 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • 2005 UCLA Center on Education Policy and Evaluation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
  • 2004 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)/Lumina Foundation for Education Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2004 Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education Graduate Student Fellowship
  • 2004 UCLA Center on Education Policy and Evaluation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2001 UCLA Department of Economics Four-Year Graduate Fellowship
  • 2001 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Traineeship
  • 2001 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention, Economics
  • 1999 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1999 Stanford University Public Policy Department Honors Thesis Award

 

GRANTS

  • 2012 Columbian College Facilitating Fund, “What Explains the Growth of For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from the Great Recession”
  • 2009 Ford Foundation Grant, “Private Two-Year Colleges and Their Students: Pathways, Returns, and Policy,” Principal Investigator
  • 2008 Ford Foundation Grant, “For-Profit Two-Year Colleges, Financial Aid, and Future Research,” Principal Investigator
  • 2008 George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) Policy Research Scholarship, “Understanding For-Profit Colleges: Quality, Choice, and Policy”

Classes Taught

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