Riehl Joins Economics Department

Faculty member researches reforms that impact socioeconomic status in college admissions
Evan Riehl of the Department of Labor Economics
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Assistant Professor Evan Riehl of the Department of Economics examines the consequences of reforms that reduce the influence of socioeconomic status in college admissions.

He demonstrates how reforms may lower market-wide graduation rates and earnings in the short run, but over time, how college responses can undo these negative effects while maintaining increased diversity.

More broadly, he studies how information on student ability affects the productivity of higher education systems.
Riehl’s background is in labor economics, economics of education and developmental economics. He has a doctorate in economics from Columbia University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Washington University. He is also the recipient of the Adam Smith Prize for Excellence in Economics.