Jonathan Guryan is a Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and a courtesy member of the Economics Department and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a co-founder and co-director of the University of Chicago Education Lab. Much of his research falls into two main categories, understanding the sources and consequences of racial inequality and the economics of education. His work on these subjects has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

In one study he found that the court-ordered school desegregation plans of the 1970’s led to declines in high school dropout rates among Black students. In another study, with Kerwin Charles, he evaluated the role that racial prejudice plays in the determination of wage differences between Black and White people. In ongoing work with Kenneth Chay and Bhashkar Mazumder, he is studying the effect of early access to health care on the Black-White test score gap. He has also studied the labor market for teachers; a subsidy for investments in Internet access in schools; technology-assisted learning in classrooms; demand for lottery tickets; and peer effects among professional golfers.

His work has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He has also been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct and study an experimental evaluation of an intervention designed to reduce truancy in the Chicago Public Schools.

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2010, Jonathan Guryan taught at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he was Assistant Professor of Economics from 2000-2004 and Associate Professor of Economics from 2004-2010.

Jon’s Resources
Letter to Gun Violence Commission
Open Letter

Letter to Gun Violence Commission

Jan 2013

The Crime Lab and professors around the country sent a letter to then Vice President Biden and the Gun Violence Commission.

Jon’s Projects
Becoming a Man

Becoming a Man

Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (BAM) uses insights from behavioral science to help youth navigate high-stakes situations.