Philip Oreopoulos

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Philip Oreopoulos is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. He has held a previous visiting appointment at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is editor at the Journal of Labor Economics. Dr. Oreopoulos has published multiple papers attempting to understand the determinants of student enrollment and academic success, with topics ranging from compulsory schooling, financial incentives for academic achievement, procedural simplification, gender and ethnic interactions in the classroom, class size, and academic probation. His current work focuses on the behavioral economics of education—how small costs or small interventions may have large effects into adulthood. He often examines this field by initiating and implementing large-scale field experiments, with the goal of producing convincing evidence for public policy decisions.