Katharine Meyer

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I am a Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and research affiliate at the Nudge4Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia. I am a higher education policy scholar with a quantitative methodological focus grounded in econometrics and behavioral science. My work focuses on how individuals access knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their postsecondary education opportunities – and how to build successful, scalable strategies to ensure greater access to that information. In my job market paper, "Stacking the Deck for Employment Success: The Labor Market Returns to Stackable Credentials ,” I document the causal effect of students earning multiple community college credentials in a career ladder – “stacking” some combination of certificates or applied associates degrees. Other ongoing work explores the effects of school counselors on student take-up of financial aid programs, the administrative burden of free college programs and potential for behaviorally informed solution to mitigate burden, and how variance in student/advisor interactions affect treatment response. Outside of higher education, I apply behavioral science insights to improve youth library access, increase virtual school engagement, and encourage SNAP recertification. My work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Daedalus, and Journal of Human Resources.