Patrick Walsh

Department of Economics
St. Michael's College
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2017Does Choice Increase Information? Evidence from Online School Search Behavior
with Michael F. Lovenheim: w23445
We examine whether changes in the local school choice environment affect the amount of information parents collect about local school quality, using data on over 100 million searches from We link monthly data on search frequency in local “Search Units” to information on changes in open enrollment policies, tuition vouchers, charitable scholarship tax credits, tuition tax credits, local choice opportunities driven by No Child Left Behind sanctions and charter school penetration. Our results indicate that expansions in school choice rules and opportunities in a given area have large, positive effects on the frequency of searches done for schools in that area. These estimates suggest that the information parents have about local schools is endogenous to the choice environmen...

Published: Michael F. Lovenheim & Patrick Walsh, 2018. "Does choice increase information? Evidence from online school search behavior," Economics of Education Review, vol 62, pages 91-103. citation courtesy of

June 2009Internationalization of U.S. Doctorate Education
with John Bound, Sarah Turner
in Science and Engineering Careers in the United States: An Analysis of Markets and Employment, Richard B. Freeman and Daniel Goroff, editors
March 2009Internationalization of U.S. Doctorate Education
with John Bound, Sarah Turner: w14792
The representation of a large number of students born outside the United States among the ranks of doctorate recipients from U.S. universities is one of the most significant transformations in U.S. graduate education and the international market for highly-trained workers in science and engineering in the last quarter century. Students from outside the U.S. accounted for 51% of PhD recipients in science and engineering fields in 2003, up from 27% in 1973. In the physical sciences, engineering and economics the representation of foreign students among PhD recipients is yet more striking; among doctorate recipients in 2003, those from outside the U.S. accounted for 50% of degrees in the physical sciences, 67% in engineering and 68% in economics. Our analysis highlights the important role ...
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