Robert Bifulco

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


Dr. Robert Bifulco is Associate Dean, Chair, and Professor for the Public Administration and International Affairs 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. 
Dr. Bifulco has had affiliation with CALDER and the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Connecticut. His research has been 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 with specific interests in the interactions of school segregation, school policies, and student outcomes. Professor Bifulco has also 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 place-based college scholarship programs, 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: Economic Policy, among other places. 
Dr. Bifulco received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, along with an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from Rice and Bucknell Universities, respectively.

Select Publications

Using Synthetic Controls to Estimate the Effect of Unique Interventions: The Case of Say Yes to Education.” Robert R. Bifulco, R. Rubenstein and H. Sohn. Evaluation Review, November 2017, DOI: 10.1177/019384X1774223.

"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, June 2017, pp. 198-272.

The Effects of School Desegregation on Teenage Fertility." Robert R. Bifulco, L. Lopoo and S. Oh, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, December 2015, pp. 591-611.

“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

Principle Investigator. “Third-Party Evaluation of Say Yes in Buffalo,” with Ross Rubenstein. Funded by the Say Yes Foundation. 2013-2017.