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Ying Shi

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Ying Shi

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Fall 2023

Not teaching

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Duke University, 2017 


Ying is an assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, she was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Ying’s research interests are in labor economics and political economy, with a focus on education policy. Her current work examines the prevalence and origins of teacher racial bias, the role of school boards and district leadership on student outcomes, and the consequences of minority representation in local government.

Ying received a Ph.D. in public policy (economics concentration) from Duke University in 2017.

Areas of Expertise

Economics of education, labor economics, political economy

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Principal Investigator. “Long-Term Consequences of the Voting Rights Act for Black-White Disparities in Children’s Later-Life Outcomes,” with Daniel Jones , Abhay Aneja, and Carlos Avenancio-Leon. Funded by  William T. Grant Foundation. 2021-2023

Principal Investigator. "Examining Underrepresented Students’ Access to and Gains from Selective Public High School Education," with John Singleton. Funded by Russell Sage Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Competition. 2020-2021.

IES Postdoctoral Fellowship. Standford University. 2017-2019.


Shi, Y., Hartley, D., Mazumder, B., and Rajan, A. (2022) “The Effects of the Great Migration on Urban Renewal” Journal of Public Economics [Forthcoming].

Shi, Y. and Zhu, M. (2022) “Equal Time for Equal Crime? Racial Bias in School Discipline” Economics of Education Review [Forthcoming]

Shi, Y. and Singleton, J. (2022) “School Boards and Education Production: Evidence from Randomized Ballot Order” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy [Forthcoming].

Liu, J., Loeb, S. and Shi, Y. (2022) “More Than Shortages: The Unequal Distribution of Substitute Teaching” Education Finance and Policy 17(2): 285-308.

Clark, B. and Shi, Y. (2020) “Low-Income Female Students and the Reversal of the Black-White Gap in High School Graduation” AERA Open 6(2): 1-19.

Shi, Y. (2020) “Who Benefits from Selective Schools? Evidence from Elite Boarding School Admissions” Economics of Education Review 74: 1-26.

Rangel, M. A. and Shi, Y. (2019) “Early Patterns of Skill Acquisition and Immigrants’ Specialization in STEM Careers” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(2): 484-489.

Shi, Y. (2018) “The Puzzle of Missing Female Engineers: Academic Preparation, Ability    Beliefs, and Preferences” Economics of Education Review 64: 129-143.

Shi, Y. and Moody, J. (2017) “Most Likely to Succeed: Long-Run Returns to Adolescent     Popularity” Social Currents 4(1): 13-33.

Shi, Y. (2016) “Cross-cutting Messages and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Same-Sex Marriage Amendment” Political Communication 33(3): 433-459.