Long’s research examines the effects of public policies (particularly education policy) on economic opportunity and efficient social mobility, with emphasis on estimating the benefits and costs of those policies. His education-related research focuses on: (1) the effects of high school course-taking and school and college quality on test scores, educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and family formation and other behaviors; (2) the effects of college financial aid on college entry and household savings; (3) gender disparities in educational attainment; and (4) the effects of affirmative action and alternative college admissions policies on college entry. His other research focuses on: (1) the savings and labor supply responses to complex policy incentives; (2) the effects of altruism on the value of life for use in benefit-cost analysis; and (3) heterogeneity in citizen's preferred social discount rates for use in benefit-cost analysis.
Education Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY