Michael LaForest-Tucker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) and an Analyst at USAFA’s Office of Labor and Economic Analysis. His research focuses on ways to improve criminal justice and education policy, leveraging quasi-experimental, experimental, and structural modeling methods. His work has recently been published in Nature, the Journal of Human Capital, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
Prior to USAFA, Michael worked as a postdoctoral scholar with Penn State’s Criminal Justice Research Center conducting research with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Before that, he worked as a research director in the Crime & Education Lab’s New York office, managing policy evaluations and technical assistance projects for New York City government agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in economics & political science from the University of Michigan.
The Education Lab conducted a study of a high-dosage math tutoring model that combines technology and tutors to improve high school math outcomes at a lower cost to schools.