Isaac M. Opper

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Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; M.A. in economics, Stanford University; B.A. in economics and mathematics, Colby College

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Isaac M. Opper is an economist who focuses primarily on the economics of education. He also conducts research on topics in health economics, labor economics, and personnel economics. Much of his research relates to the measurement of teacher quality, including an exploration of how changes in teacher tenure policy affect teachers' incentives; a study of how teachers rate themselves relative to their principals; and a paper published in the American Economic Review which shows that the positive impact that teachers have on their students spills over to affect their students’ future peers. Other work includes a study of the New York City Community School Initiative. Opper is a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty, and teaches an introductory course on econometrics and coteaches a course on the economics of education. He graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Isaac M. Opper, "Does Helping John Help Sue? Evidence of Spillovers in Education," American Economic Review, 109(3), 2019

William R. Johnston, John Engberg, Isaac M. Opper, Lisa Sontag-Padilla, and Lea Xenakis, Illustrating the Promise of Community Schools: An Assessment of the Impact of the New York City Community Schools Initiative, (RR-3245), 2020