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Scott Carrell


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Florida, 2003
  • M.A., Economics, University of Florida, 2002
  • M.S., Management, University of Florida, 2002
  • B.S., Economics, United States Air Force Academy, 1995


Scott Carrell is an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. He serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Economics of Education group; a research fellow for the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); and a research affiliate for the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis. Professor Carrell previously was a faculty research fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2008–13. At UC Davis, he serves on the Executive Committee at the Center for Poverty Research, and is the faculty athletics representative. He is the associate editor of several academic journals, including the Journal of Human Resources, Economics Letters and Economic Inquiry. In addition, Professor Carrell spent 10 years as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, and remains a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. 

Research Focus

Professor Carrell specializes in the fields of labor economics, economics of education and public economics.

Selected Publications

  • Carrell, S., B. Sacerdote, and J. West. "From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy? The Importance of Endogenous Peer Group Formation." Econometrica 81.3 (2013): 855–882.
  • Carrell, S., T. Maghakian, and J. West. "A's from Zzzz's? The Causal Effect of School Start Time on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 3.3 (August 2011): 1–22.
  • Carrell, S., M. Page, and J. West. "Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap." Quarterly Journal of Economics 125. 3 (August 2010): 1101–1144.
  • Carrell, S., and J. West. "Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors." Journal of Political Economy 118.3 (June 2010): 409–432.
  • Carrell, S., and M. Hoekstra. "Externalities in the Classroom: How Domestic Violence Harms Everyone's Kids." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2.1 (January 2010): 211–228.


Scott Carrell teaches undergraduate courses in Economics of Education and Principles of Microeconomics. He teaches graduate courses in Labor Economics and Public Economics.


Professor Carrell has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Young Labor Economist Award in 2012 and the European Association of Labour Economists prize for the best paper published in Labour Economics during the period 2006–2007. He was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2008–10, and has been awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal three times.