Jane Cooley Fruehwirth



Contact Information


Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706



Email: jcooley@ssc.wisc.edu
Phone: (608)262-9891 (office)
Office: 7440 Social Sciences





Curriculum Vitae





Research Interests


Social Economics, Economics of Education, Public Economics






“On the Observational Implications of Taste-Based Discrimination in Racial Profiling,” with William A. Brock, Steven N. Durlauf and Salvador Navarro, forthcoming, Journal of Econometrics. (PDF)

"Classroom Peer Effects", The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, Palgrave Macmillan,   2010.

"The Economic Returns to an MBA” (2008), with Peter Arcidiacono and Andrew Hussey, International Economic Review.49(3), 873-899 (PDF)

"Outstanding Female Economists in the Analysis and Practice of Development Economics”, with Yana V. Rodgers, World Development 27(8), August 1999, 1397-1411.

Working Papers

 “Desegregation and the Achievement Gap: Do Diverse Peers Help?” under review. (PDF)

“Can Achievement Peer Effect Estimates Inform Policy? A View from Inside the Black Box,” revised and resubmitted. (PDF)

“A Theory-Based Approach to Hedonic Price Regressions with Time-Varying Unobservable Attributes: The Price of Pollution,” with Patrick Bajari, Kyoo il Kim, and Christopher Timmins, conditional acceptance, American Economic Review. (PDF)

 “How the Timing of Grade Retention Affects Outcomes: Identification and Estimation of Time-Varying Treatment Effects,” with Salvador Navarro and Yuya Takahashi, under review (PDF) 

Work in Progress

“Spare the Rod? The Effect of No Child Left Behind Sanctions on Schools” with Jeffrey Traczynski.

“A Hidden Markov Model of Peer Effects in Human Capital Production” with Salvador Navarro.


“Mixed Evidence on Racial Profiling: Contrasting Findings across Methods and Contexts” with Salvador Navarro.





Economics of Education (Econ 525): Syllabus

Graduate Public Economics (Econ 742) : Overview, Part I of Syllabus



Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison