Mark C. Long joined the Evans School faculty in 2004. Long is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics. He is affiliated with several centers on campus including Center for Education Data & Research, West Coast Poverty Center, and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.
Long’s research examines the effects of public policies (particularly education policy) on economic opportunity and efficient social mobility, with emphasis on estimating the benefits and costs of those policies. His education-related research focuses on: (1) the effects of high school course-taking and school and college quality on test scores, educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and family formation and other behaviors; (2) the effects of college financial aid on college entry and household savings; (3) gender disparities in educational attainment; and (4) the effects of affirmative action and alternative college admissions policies on college entry. His other research focuses on: (1) the savings and labor supply responses to complex policy incentives; (2) the effects of altruism on the value of life for use in benefit-cost analysis; and (3) heterogeneity in citizen's preferred social discount rates for use in benefit-cost analysis. He has previously worked on the economics of nursing labor markets and manufacturing firms’ wage and productivity dynamics. Long previously served on the faculty of George Washington University as an assistant professor of economics and public policy and administration from 2002-04. He has publications in numerous journals including The Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration Review, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Economics of Education Review.
Long was the winner of The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's 2002 Ph.D. Dissertation Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Public Policy and Management, and the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Palmer O. Johnson award for “the highest quality of academic scholarship published in one of the [four] AERA journals during the 2008 volume year.” He is a Co-Editor of Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Long holds a Ph.D. and MA in economics from the University of Michigan. He also holds an MPP from the University of Michigan, and a BA from DePauw University.