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.
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsColumbia University, Department of Economics, 2012
Degree TypeMADegree DetailsColumbia University, Department of Economics, 2009
Degree TypeMPPDegree DetailsUniversity of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, 2005
Degree TypeBADegree DetailsUniversity of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 2004
- Borrowing Trouble? Human Capital Investment with Opt-In Costs and Implications for the Effectiveness of Grant Aid, , American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 10(2 ), 163-201, April .
- The Effect of Medicaid Policies on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children's Mental Health Problems in Primary Care, , Health Economics 24(2 ), 142-157, February .
- The Impact of Tuition Increases on Undocumented College Students' Attainment, , NBER Working Paper, April .
- All or Nothing? The Impact of School and Classroom Gender Composition on Effort and Academic Achievement., , NBER Working Paper, December .
- The Road to Pell is Paved with Good Intentions: The Economic Incidence of Federal Student Grant Aid, , Working paper, August .
- The Design of Teacher Incentive Pay and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from the New York City Bonus Program , , Journal of Labor Economics 31(2 ), 409-420, April .
- Short-Run Impacts of Accountability on School Quality, , American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 2(4 ), 119-147, November .
- The Relationship between Income and Material Hardship, , Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 27(1 ), 63-81, December .
- Failing the Transition from Welfare to Work: Women Chronically Disconnected from Employment and Cash Welfare, , Social Science Quarterly 87(2 ), 227-249, June .