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Robert Bifulco

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Biography

Dr. Robert Bifulco is the Associate Dean, Chair, and Professor for the Public Administration and International Relations Department. Dr. Bifulco is also a Senior Research Associate in Center for Policy Research and the Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) at the Maxwell School. His prior teaching experience was at University of Connecticut where he received the Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Bifulco has taught courses on public budgeting, state and local finance, economic analysis, education policy, research methods, quantitative analysis, and program evaluation.  

Additionally, Dr. Bifulco has had affiliation with CALDER and the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Connecticut. He had been fortunate to have his research supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and by the New York State Education Department. 

His research focuses on the evaluation of educational policies and programs generally with specific interests in the interactions of school segregation, school policies, and student outcomes.  He has also has conducted research on the measurement of school performance, educational resource disparities, and peer effects.  He has published articles evaluating whole-school reform, school accountability programs, charter schools, magnet schools, and other forms of school choice, which have appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and the American Economic Journal, and Economic Policy, among other places.  

Dr. Bifulco received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. in public administration from Syracuse University in 2001, along with an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from Rice and Bucknell Universities, respectively.

Select Publications

"Assessing the Effects of Place Based Scholarships on Urban Revitalization: The Case of Say Yes to Education." Robert R. Bifulco, Rubenstein, H. Sohn and J. Murchie,  Revise &Submit at Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Forthcoming).

“The Effects of School Desegregation on Teenage Fertility." Robert R. Bifulco, L. Lopoo and S. Oh, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Forthcoming). http://epa.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/01/0162373715570940.full.pdf+html

“The Influence of Finance and Accountability Policies on Charter School Locations." Robert R. Bifulco and C. Buerger, Journal of Education Finance (Winter, 2015), pp.193-221.

“Do High School Peers Have Persistent Effects on College Attainment and Other Life Outcomes?” Robert R. Bifulco, J. Fletcher, S. Oh, and S. Ross,  Labour Economics (August, 2014), pp. 83-90.

“The Fiscal Impacts of Charter Schools: Lessons from New York." Robert R. Bifulco, and R. Reback, Education Finance and Policy (Winter, 2014), pp. 86-107.

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Research Grants and Awards

“Third-Party Evaluation of Say Yes in Buffalo.” Say Yes Foundation. July 2013 – June 2017.