Lesley J. Turner

Assistant Professor

Lesley J. Turner is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Maryland, faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, CESifo research affiliate, and a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center. Her research applies theory and methods from labor and public economics to topics in education economics and broadly considers the role government should play in providing and financing education. Her work on K–12 education policy has examined the impact of school accountability measures on student achievement, of incentive pay for teachers on student achievement and teacher effort, and of school and classroom gender composition on student achievement. Regarding higher education, Turner has studied how postsecondary institutions strategically respond to need-based student aid to estimate the economic incidence of the Pell Grant Program, the impact of Pell Grant aid on educational attainment and borrowing, and how price shocks affect undocumented students’ educational attainment. She was awarded the Upjohn Institute Dissertation award for the best PhD dissertation in labor economics in 2012 and received the CESifo Distinguished Young Affiliate Prize in 2015.

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  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Department of Economics, 2012
  • MA Columbia University, Department of Economics, 2009
  • MPP University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, 2005
  • BA University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 2004
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Spring 2017
ECON454 Public Finance and Public Policy Spring 2016 Syllabus
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Spring 2016
ECON652 Public Economics I Fall 2015 Syllabus
  • Lesley Turner
3115E Tydings Hall
Department of Economics
Phone: (301) 405-3512
Email: turner@econ.umd.edu