Associate Professor of Economics

Dartmouth College


Mailing Address:

Department of Economics

Dartmouth College

6106 Rockefeller Hall

Hanover, NH 03755

Tel:  (603) 646-4096

Fax:  (603) 646-2122


Email:  Elizabeth dot U dot Cascio at Dartmouth dot edu




Curriculum Vitae

(August 2017)




Working Papers

Elizabeth Cascio is an applied economist specializing in the study of education, with specific interests in how policy and other external forces shape educational opportunity and how that opportunity transforms lives.  Her past work has documented the educational and socioeconomic ramifications of some of the most important policy and demographic shifts of the 20th century – the passage of landmark civil rights and federal education legislation in the 1960s, the downward extension of many state school systems to include kindergartens in the 1960s and 1970s, and the large influx of immigrants into public schools since the 1970s. Her current research projects lie more in the present day, including studies on the impacts of universal preschool, how and why the test score advantages from early intervention “fade out” across the lifecycle, and the educational response to recent economic shocks. Her research has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research and has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Urban Economics, among other outlets.


In addition to her faculty appointment at Dartmouth College, Cascio is a Research Associate in the Programs on Education, Development of the American Economy, and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).  She also currently serves as a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources.  She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College in 1997 and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003.  She joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2006.