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Douglas Lauen’s research seeks to understand the effectiveness of educational policies, school types, and interventions on students and how these effects vary for traditionally underserved populations. He examines the heterogeneity of effects across socially, economically, and educationally disadvantaged student subgroups because a key to reducing inequality in important adult outcomes is reducing educational inequality among children and youth. He has examined the effects of educational accountability and performance incentives policies, school choice options, school poverty contextual effects, and early college high schools, an innovative high school reform approach.

Doug Lauen is an Professor in the department of Public Policy who focuses on the sociology of education and educational policy. He has a PhD in sociology, an MPP from the University of Chicago, and has been at UNC since 2006. Doug's was PI on two major grants, including one from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, evaluating early college high schools and charter schools in North Carolina. Both projects use linked population level administrative data to examine school effects on short, medium, and long term outcomes. He is now beginning work on the effects of school suspensions on adult incarceration.

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