Sarah Turner

University Professor of Economics & Education, Souder Family Professor

Office Address

Monroe Hall, Room 244

Hours: Zoom on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:30pm


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

Working Papers

  • Does Enrollment Lead to Completion?  Investigating the Link Between Increased High School Persistence and High School Graduation in Response to Trade Exposure; Ramiro Burga and Sarah Turner; 2020;University of Virginia Paper draft.

  • .Work Boots to Combat Boots: Mass Layoffs and Military Enlistment.; Murphy, Francis;  Dalton Ruh and Sarah Turner.;University of Virginia Paper draft;  In Progress

  • Hoxby, C. and Turner, S.  2019. “The Right Way to Capture College “Opportunity”: Popular Measures Can Paint the Wrong Picture of Low-Income Student Enrollment.” Education Next. Vol. 19, No. 2
  • Barr, A. and Turner, S. 2018. “A Letter and Encouragement: Does Information Increase Post-Secondary Enrollment of UI Recipients?” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.
  • Caroline Hoxby and Sarah Turner. 2015. “What High-Achieving Low-Income Students Know About College Options” Working draft. 
  • Caroline Hoxby 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.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Andrew Barr and Sarah Turner. Forthcoming. “Out of Work and Into School: Labor Market Policies and College Enrollment During the Great Recession,” Journal of Public Economics
  • John Bound, Breno Braga, Joe Golden and Sarah Turner. 2013. “Pathways to Adjustment: The Case of Information Technology Workers” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings
  • Andrew Barr 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.
  • John Bound, Mike Lovenheim and Sarah Turner. 2012. “Understanding the Increased Time to the Baccalaureate Degree.” Education Finance and Policy, Vol. 7, No. 4: 375–424.
  • Christopher Avery and Sarah Turner. 2012. “Student Loans: Do College Students Borrow Too Much--Or Not Enough?” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1): 165–92