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Elise Marifian

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Elise A. Marifian


Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I study applied microeconomics with a focus on education and crime.

My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


My current research examines:

how TV advertising by less-selective colleges affects where students enroll

how universal pre-K impacts mothers’ labor supply decisions

how increased certainty about degree costs affects the college enrollment choices of low-income students

how regulations and prices interact in the market for firearms.



Ph.D. Candidate, Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison
M.A., Economics and Education, Columbia University
B.A., Economics and Spanish, magna cum laude, Mount Holyoke College