Research

Long is an economist whose work focuses improving educational opportunity and student success. Her studies have provided evidence on the effectiveness of financial aid policies and postsecondary remedial education and the impact of instructor quality, class size, and support programs on educational attainment. She has also conducted several large, randomized controlled trials to establish the causal effects of interventions designed to better support students. Working with co-authors, she has developed and tested interventions that aim to provide students with information and assistance to support important educational activities, such as completing financial aid forms, saving for college, and persisting in higher education.

Recent Research Talks and Presentations

"Supporting College Access and Success: Promising Research from the Economics of Education." The Grossman Lecture in Economics at Colby College (Sep. 2022)

"The Power—and Limits—of Information." Harvard Department of Economics lecture (Apr. 2022)

"Education and Inequality: Contributions from the Economics of Education." The 35th Cornelson Distinguished Lecture in Economics at Davidson College (Apr. 2022)

"Re-Examining Economic Models: Considerations for HBCU Boards and Presidents." WPI 2021 HBCU Forum (Mar. 2021)

"Using Evidence to Influence Policy." HGSE Faculty Series (Feb. 2021)

Expert Court Testimony. United States District Court for the Middle District Of North Carolina Case No. 1:14-CV-954. Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, et al. (Nov. 18, 2020) - A summary of the testimony is available here.

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, "Time to Finish Fixing the FAFSA," September 17, 2020. Written testimony.

"Connecting Students with Financial Aid: The Impact of Information and Framing on Aid Renewal and Enrollment Intensity." APPAM Annual Conference (Nov. 2019)

AERA Centennial Lecture: “Supporting College Student Access and Success: Making Sure Hard Work Pays Off.” Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. (2017) Video available here. Description of the event here.

Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) Annual Conference, Addressing Challenges to Educational Opportunity with Behavioral Science” (2017)

"The Economics of Higher Education Access and Success." The Calderwood Lecture in Economics at Wellesley College (Apr. 2017)

Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making, “Simplification, Assistance, and Incentives: A Randomized Experiment to Increase College Savings.” (2017)

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