LEO Perspectives: The 'most rewarding research experience'

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Melissa Kearney, LEO faculty affiliate

Since 2013, Melissa has partnered with Notre Dame's Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities as a faculty affiliate and currently serves on LEO's board. She is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and also serves as director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings Institution; and a scholar affiliate of the MIT Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Melissa says that her work as a LEO faculty affiliate combines her love of rigorous research and her objective to help improve people's lives. She sat down with us to share about what she calls "the most rewarding research experience" she's had in her 20-plus years as a social scientist and academic economist and how it shaped her view of the LEO research partnership model.

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Stay the Course study

Find out more about Stay the Course, the first project Melissa worked on as a LEO faculty affiliate.

LEO published research

Read “Increasing Community College Completion Rates among Low-Income Students: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of a Case Management Intervention,” which appeared in the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

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