Our research in this area includes research that looks at children of immigrants, bilingualism, and educational inequalities; the impact that school and peer characteristics have on both immediate and long-run academic performance, including test scores and college graduation; the effect of large changes in school racial composition on neighborhood racial composition and housing prices; entry and degree attainment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by race/ethnicity and gender; international education; the impact of summer employment programs on urban youth; the effect of school food policies on childhood obesity; and the Say Yes to Education program. The Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) explores the design of equitable school finance formulas and property tax relief programs; the impact of whole school reforms on student performance; determinants of educational costs and school district efficiency; identification of low-performing schools; potential cost savings from school district consolidation; and the impacts of school integration on educational costs.

Robert (Bob) Bifulco

Robert Bifulco

Chair and Associate Dean, Public Administration and International Affairs
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Research Interests: Education finance and policy; program evaluation

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

Melvin A. Eggers Economics Faculty Scholar
Professor, Economics

Research Interests: Labor economics; applied and theoretical econometrics

Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz

Associate Professor, Sociology

Research Interests: Race and ethnicity, immigration, bilingualism, educational inequality

Yingyi Ma

Yingi Ma

Associate Professor, Sociology
Director, Asian/Asian American Studies

Research Interests: Education, migration and gender with a focus on China and Chinese/Asian America

Jerry Miner

Jerry Miner

Professor Emeritus, Economics

Research Interests: Public economics, human resources economics, school finance

 Amy Ellen Schwartz

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Economics

Research Interests: Public Economics, Economics of Education, Urban Economics

John Yinger

John Yinger

Director, Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP)
Associate Director, Center for Policy Research
Trustee Professor, Economics, Public Administration and International Affairs

Research Interests: State and local government finance, education, urban policy

For more information about CPR programs and research projects, contact Peggy Austin. You may also obtain general information about CPR by calling +1 315-443-3114, or by sending an email to