Michael Dinerstein

Assistant Professor, Economics


Michael Dinerstein is an Assistant Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics. His research is primarily focused on applied microeconomics, especially industrial organization, the economics of education, and public economics. He is particularly interested in how schools make decisions and the effects on the schooling market. His main work assesses the impacts of a K–12 public school funding increase and finds evidence that urban private schools closed in response to such a situation. These closures further affected the schooling market by changing students’ schooling options and the distribution of school quality. Dinerstein is the co-author of “Did the Fiscal Stimulus Work for Universities?”, which was published in How the Financial Crisis and Great Recession Affected Higher Education (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Professor Dinerstein was a recipient of the B.F. Haley and E.S. Shaw Fellowship for Economics and the George P. Shultz Dissertation Support Fund Fellowship, both of which were awarded by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.


Selected Publications

“Did the Fiscal Stimulus Work for Universities?” with Caroline Hoxby, Jonathan Meer, and Pablo Villanueva, in How the Financial Crisis and Great Recession Affected Higher Education, Jeffrey Brown and Caroline Hoxby, eds. University of Chicago Press, 2014.

“Consumer Price Search and Platform Design in Internet Commerce,” with Liran Einav, Jonathan Levin, and Neel Sundaresan, American Economic Review,forthcoming



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