I am currently a PhD Candidate studying public and labor economics, and will be on the job market this year. My research focuses on the economics of education, including such topics as: the effectiveness of financial aid programs, how individuals perceive and make choices based on accumulated student loan debt, the effect of information about financial aid on student enrollment and borrowing decisions, and the effects of career and technical education on students' postsecondary education choices and labor market outcomes. I am also currently a Research Fellow at the Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center. 


Areas of Interest

  • Economics of Education, Public Economics, Labor Economics
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ECON454 Public Finance and Public Policy Winter 2017
ECON111 Thinking Like an Economist Summer 2017 II
ECON111 Thinking Like an Economist Summer 2016 II
Heath Witzen
3114 Tydings Hall
Department of Economics
witzen [at] econ.umd.edu