Jane Cooley Fruehwirth
Ph.D., Professor, Economics
Interim Director, Carolina Demography
Jane Cooley Fruehwirth wants to understand determinants of achievement, mental health and well-being in adolescence. Her research considers the role of school policies, teachers and social context, such as classmates or friends, on individual outcomes.
Jane Cooley Fruehwirth is an economist with research interests in the determinants of social, economic and racial inequality. A central theme to her research is the role of social context in shaping disadvantage, particularly in the context of schools and friendships. She studies education policies at the elementary and secondary school level that are aimed at improving disadvantaged students' outcomes, such as teaching practice, accountability and grade retention. More recently, her research delves into the determinants of mental health in adolescents and college students.
- Tailoring Teaching to Fit the Class: Teaching Practice and Classroom Composition Under Random Assignment