Michael A. Gottfried

Adjunct Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in applied economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in applied economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in economics, Stanford University


Michael A. Gottfried is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. His work focuses on the economics of education, employing empirical methods and using large-scale, longitudinal datasets. His interests pertain to education issues at student, classroom, and management levels, and have included research in urban education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). During Gottfried's graduate tenure, he was an Institute of Education Sciences pre-doctoral fellow, administered through the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. He earned his Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

Gottfried, M.A., "Absent Peers in Elementary Years: The Negative Classroom Effects of Unexcused Absences on Standardized Testing Outcomes," Teachers' College Record, 113, 2010

Gottfried, M.A., "Evaluating the Relationship between Student Attendance and Achievement in Urban Elementary and Middle Schools: An Instrumental Variables Approach," American Education Research Journal, 47:434-465, 2010

Gottfried, M.A., "Excused Versus Unexcused: How Student Absences in Elementary School Affect Academic Achievement," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 31:392-419, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Publication, Advances in Methodology Category, American Education Research Association
  • Institute of Education Sciences Fellow of the Year, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship in Education and Adolescent Health, American Education Research Association - Spencer