Elise 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.

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Contact: marifian[at]wisc[dot]edu

What I do

My current research examines

  • College advertising and its effect on students’ enrollment choices
  • Universal pre-K‘s impact on mothers’ labor supply decisions
  • How changes to financial aid offers affect the college enrollment choices of low-income students
  • How regulations and prices interact in the market for firearms.

For more of my work, check out my Research page.


I am honored to be a 2021-2022 recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Expected 2023)
  • M.S., Economics, UW-Madison (2020)
  • M.A., Economics & Education, Columbia University (2017)
  • B.A., Economics & Spanish, magna cum laude (2011)

Get in touch!

marifian [at] wisc [dot] edu