Matt Larsen joined the faculty in the Economics department in the fall of 2015. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans. Professor Larsen teaches econometrics and electives in his area of specialization (labor economics and the economics of education).
Professor Larsen’s research is primarily in the economics of education. Within that field he primarily focuses on K-12 educational policy analysis. He has conducted research on school choice and charter schools as well as the use of standardized tests for graduation and grade promotion. He is also interested in how education interconnects with other areas of policy such as health and crime. His work has been published in academic journals such as, Journal of Human Research, Demography, Economics of Education Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Additionally his work has been covered in outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and EducationNext.
Economics 253: Fundamentals of Econometrics
Economics 328: Labor Economics
Economics 402: Economics of Education