Jason Lee

Jason Lee
Policy Researcher


B.S. in secondary education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; M.A. in higher education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in higher education, University of Georgia


Jason Lee is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation who has 15 years of experience working in education, including time spent as a program evaluator for the state of Tennessee, as well as a researcher for both the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association and the American Institutes for Research. He has experience leading and conducting quantitative evaluations of education programs and policies, especially those related to postsecondary finance where he predominantly uses administrative data and quasi-experimental research designs to bring evidence to bear on policy decisions. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed outlets, including the Journal of Human Resources, Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis, and The Journal of Higher Education, and he has managed projects funded by Arnold Ventures, The Joyce Foundation, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Selected Publications

Odle, T.K., Lee, J.C., Gentile, S., "Do promise programs reduce student loans? Evidence from the Tennessee Promise. ," The Journal of Higher Education, 92(6), 2021

Lee, J.C., Dell, M., González Canché, M.S., Monday, A., & Klafehn, A., "The hidden costs of corroboration: Estimating the effects of financial aid verification on college enrollment. ," Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 43(2), 2021

Boatman, A., Hurwitz, M., Lee, J.C., Smith, J., "The impacts of prior learning assessments on college completion and financial outcomes.," Journal of Human Resources, 55(4), 2020

Lee, J.C., Ciarimboli, E.B., Rubin, P.G., González Canché, M.S., "Borrowing smarter or borrowing more? Investigating the effects of a natural experiment in federal loan policy. ," The Journal of Higher Education, 91(4), 2020

Tandberg, D.A., Lee, J.C., Lacy, T.A., Park, T.J., & Hu, S., "State higher education policy innovativeness.," Higher education: Handbook of theory and research., 37, 2022

Cummings, K., Laderman, S., Lee, J.C., Tandberg, D.A., Weeden, D.D. , Investigating the impacts of state higher education appropriations and financial aid., State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, 2021

Toutkoushian, R.K., & Lee, J.C., "Revisiting economies of scope and scale in higher education," Higher education: Handbook of theory and research., 33, 2018

Lee, J.C., Moreland, A., Bird, K., Castleman, B.L., Tennessee Reconnect: An early look at an Adult Promise program, Nudge4, 2019