Associate Dean of Research
Professor of Public Policy & Governance; Adjunct Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Michigan
(206) 543-3787

Mark C. Long is a professor of public policy and governance and adjunct professor of economics.  He previously served as Vice President and Executive Council Member and Policy Council Member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Managing Editor and Co-Editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Interim Director of the West Coast Poverty Center, and Executive Committee Member of the University of Washington's Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.  He is also an affiliate scholar with Scholars Strategy Network and the Center for Education Data & Research.

Long holds a Ph.D. and MA in Economics from the University of Michigan, an MPP from the University of Michigan, a secondary teaching credential via UCLA, and a BA from DePauw University. 

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 impact of Seattle's minimum wage law; (2) the savings and labor supply responses to complex policy incentives; (3) the effects of altruism on the value of life for use in benefit-cost analysis; and (4) 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, Educational Researcher, and Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.

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, 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,” and co-recipient of the 2014 Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis (co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs) “for exemplary published scholarly articles that advances the public’s understanding of social equity.”  

Long's research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The, Politico, ForbesChronicle of Higher EducationU.S. News and World Report, and numerous other outlets.

Listen to the interview by David Greene, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, regarding alternatives to affirmative action in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, aired on April 25, 2014.

Listen to the interview by David Hyde, KUOW’s The Record, regarding the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage, April 24, 2014.

Applied Econometrics
Benefit-Cost Analysis
Economics of Education
Labor Economics
Public Economics
Recent Publications: 

"Report on the Impact of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance on Wages, Workers, Jobs, and Establishments Through 2015." The Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team. 2016.

“Generating Hypotheses and Upper Bound Effect Sizes Using a Large Number of School Characteristics and Student Outcomes.”  Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 9(1), pp. 128-147, 2016.

“The Promise and Peril for Universities Using Correlates of Race in Admissions in Response to the Grutter and Fisher Decisions,” Report commissioned by the Educational Testing Service.  2015.

“Is There a ‘Workable’ Race-Neutral Alternative to Affirmative Action in College Admissions?”  Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 34(1), pp. 162-183, 2015. 

“Changes in Levels of Affirmative Action in College Admissions in Response to Statewide Bans and Judicial Rulings,” with Grant H. Blume. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(2), pp. 228-252, 2014.

"Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle’s Minimum Wage," with Marieka M. Klawitter and Robert D. Plotnick.  Report for the City of Seattle, Income Inequality Advisory Committee, March 21, 2014.

"Gender Sorting Across K-12 Schools in the U.S." with Dylan Conger.  American Journal of Education.  119(3), pp. 349-372, 2013.

“Gender Gaps in College Enrollment: The Role of Gender Sorting Across Public High Schools” with Dylan Conger. Educational Researcher, 42(7), pp. 371–380, October 2013.

"Jockeying for Position: Strategic High School Choice Under Texas' Top-Ten Percent Plan," with Julie Berry Cullen and Randall Reback.  Journal of Public Economics, 97(1), pp. 32-48, 2013. 

"Effects of High School Course-Taking on Secondary and Post-Secondary Success," with Patrice Iatarola and Dylan Conger. American Educational Research Journal. 49(2), pp. 285–322, 2012.

Major Current Projects:

"Evaluation of Minimum Wage in Seattle and Elsewhere," Co-PI with PI Jacob Vigdor (UW), Co-PI Jennifer Romich (UW), and Co-investigators Scott Allard (UW), Scott Bailey (Washington Employment Security Department), Heather Hill (UW), Jennifer Otten (UW), Robert Plotnick (UW), and Anneliese Vance-Sherman (Washington Employment Security Department). Funded by Laura and John Arnold Foundation, 2015-18, Smith Richardson Foundation, 2015-17, and City of Seattle, 2014-20. Link to study.

“Evaluation of the Sustainability and Effectiveness of Inquiry-Based Advanced Placement Science Courses: Evidence from an In-Depth Formative Evaluation & Randomized Controlled Study,” PI with Co-PIs Dylan Conger (George Washington U.) and Raymond McGhee Jr. (SRI International).  Funded by the National Science Foundation, 2012-17.  Link to study.

"Exploring Washington’s College Bound Scholarship Program: Sign Up Decisions and the Relationship of Eligibility with College-going and Persistence,” Co-PI with PI Dan Goldhaber (U. of Washington), Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, 2014-17. Study Description

"Estimating an Altruism Adjusted Measure of the Value of a Statistical Life," PI. Funded by National Science Foundation and University of Washington Innovation Research Award, 2015-16.  “Exploring Washington’s College Bound Scholarship Program" Study Description


Working Papers:

  • “Do Completed College Majors Respond to Changes in Wages?,” with Dan Goldhaber and Nick Huntington-Klein.  
  • “College Curricular Dispersion: More Well-Rounded or Less Well Trained?,” with Dan Goldhaber, James Cowan, and Nick Huntington-Klein.  
  • "Evaluating Public Projects Given Heterogeneous Discount Factors Using Prospective and Retrospective Analyses,” with Tyler Davis. 
  • “Optimal Spatial Distribution of Colleges” with Alec Kennedy. 
  • “For Whom is the Treatment Effective? An Atheoretic Inductive Approach to Identifying Response Heterogeneity,” with Grant Blume.
  • “Altruism by Age and Social Proximity,” with Eleanor Krause.
  • “A Randomized Control Trial of Advanced Placement Science Courses: Measuring Scientific Inquiry Skills,” with Kavita Seeratan, Jessica Mislevy, Tina Stanford, Kevin W. McElhaney, Ray McGhee Jr., Christopher J. Harris, and Dylan Conger. 
  • “Next: An Improved Method for Identifying Impacts in Regression Discontinuity Design,” with Jordan Rooklyn.
  • “Why Do Middle School Students Sign Up For Washington's College Bound Scholarship Program?  A Mixed Methods Evaluation” with Dan Goldhaber, Ann Person, and Jordan Rooklyn.
  • “Implementation Evaluation of Advanced Placement Science Courses in a Randomized Control Trial” with Dylan Conger and Ray McGhee Jr.
  • “Effects of Advanced Placement® Science Courses on Students’ Science Interest and Ability: Evaluation from a Randomized Control Trial” with Dylan Conger and Ray McGhee Jr.
Courses taught: 
  • PBAF 516 & 517: Economics for Policy Analysis and Management I & II
  • PBAF 518: Applied Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • PBAF 528: Quantitative Analysis II
  • PBAF 529: Advanced Multivariate Analysis
  • PBAF 574: Economics of Race and Inequality
  • PBAF 608: Degree Project Seminar
  • PPM 512: Data Analysis Practicum