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Sarah Turner

University Professor of Economics & Education; Souder Family Professor

Phone: 434-982-2383

PDF document icon Curriculum Vitae

Office Location

Monroe Hall, Room 244

Office Hours

Tuesday 9:15 - 10:30am or by appointment




  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Princeton University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Michigan System : Ann Arbor

Selected Publications

Barr, Andrew and Sarah Turner. Forthcoming. “Out of Work and Into School: Labor Market Policies and College Enrollment During the Great Recession,” Journal of Public Economics

Bound, John; Breno Braga, Joe Golden and Sarah Turner. 2013. “Pathways to Adjustment: The Case of Information Technology Workers” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings

Barr, Andrew and Sarah Turner.  2013 “Expanding Enrollments and Contracting Budgets: The Effect of the Great Recession Higher Education,”  The Annals: American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Bound, John; Mike Lovenheim and Sarah Turner. 2012. “Understanding the Increased Time to the Baccalaureate Degree.” Education Finance and Policy, Vol. 7, No. 4: 375–424.

Avery, Christopher, and Sarah Turner. 2012. “Student Loans: Do College Students Borrow Too Much--Or Not Enough?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1): 165–92

Working Papers

Hoxby, Caroline and Sarah Turner. 2015. “What High-Achieving Low-Income Students Know About College Options” Working draft. 

Hoxby, Caroline and Sarah Turner. 2013. “Expanding College Opportunities for High-Achieving, Low Income Students” SIEPR Discussion Paper 12-014.

"Back to School: Federal Student Aid Policy and Adult College Enrollment," (with N. Seftor), Journal of Human Resources, 2002;

Going to War and Going to College: Did the G.I. Bill Increase Educational Attainment," (with J. Bound), Journal of Labor Economics (4), 2002

"Trade in University Training: Cross State Variation in the Production and Use of College Educated Labor," (with Bound, Groen, & Kezdi), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 121 , 2004"Closing the Gap or Widening the Divide: The Effects of the G.I. Bill and World War II on the Educational Outcomes of Black Americans",(with John Bound), Journal of Economic History, Vol. 63, No. 1 (March) [NBER Working Paper No. 9044], 2003.

"Race, Income and College in 25 Years: Evaluating Justice O'Connor's Conjecture" (with Alan Krueger and Jesse Rothstein), American Law and Economics Review, 2006.

"Opportunities for Low Income Students at Top Colleges and Universities: Policy Initiatives and the Distribution of Students" (with Amanda Pallais), National Tax Journal, LIX (2): 357-386, 2006.

"Cohort Crowding: How Resources Affect Collegiate Attainment" (with John Bound), Journal of Public Economics [NBER Working Paper No. 12424], forthcoming.