Maria Perez

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Ph.D., Stanford University
(206) 221-1058

Maria (Cuky) Perez is an Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Cuky completed her Ph.D. in the Economics of Education program at Stanford University in 2012. She received her professional degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and a Master's degree in Economics at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Fellowship (SIGF) and the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation research concentrated on the theoretical and empirical effects of performance-based pay for teachers. In the first paper she addressed how inequity aversion differ among prospective teachers and lawyers by conducting a controlled behavioral experiment. In the second paper, she investigated how measures of teacher and school value-added interact with and/or predict incentive scheme preferences. And in her third paper she developed a general equilibrium model of teacher performance-based pay to simulate the potential general effects of this policy. Before Stanford University, she worked at the American Institute for Research (AIR) where she gained extensive experience directing evaluation projects on a range of public policy issues, particularly those related with English language learners, low performing schools, and students with disabilities.

Areas of specialization 

Economics of Education
Education and the Work Force
Education Policy

Recent Publications 

  • Pérez, M., Socias, M. (2008). Highly Successful Schools: What Do They Do Differently and at What Cost? Education Finance and Policy, Volume 3 (1), pg 109–129.

Courses taught 

  • PBAF 526: Program Evaluation