Associate Professor of Economics
Griffith's research focuses on the economics of higher education.
Economics professor Amanda Griffith’s research focuses on the economics of higher education. In particular, on students’ choices of type of college and major, and how this affects their labor market outcomes. She also studies how institutional policies, such as financial aid and institutional spending, can affect the distribution and success of students enrolled at a… Read More »
Economics professor Amanda Griffith’s research focuses on the economics of higher education. In particular, on students’ choices of type of college and major, and how this affects their labor market outcomes. She also studies how institutional policies, such as financial aid and institutional spending, can affect the distribution and success of students enrolled at a college or university.
Her most recent study, “The Effect of Institutional Expenditures on Employment Outcomes and Earnings,” showed that, for colleges and universities looking for the most return on investment, spending on faculty salaries and student services make it significantly more likely that a graduate will not only gain full-time employment, but also land a job that closely matches their skill set formed in college.
Additional research includes work in mathematical economics in learning what groups have different guessing and risk-taking behaviors and how these play out in arenas such as the standardized test setting and whether or not a person chooses to get a flu shot.
Griffith has recently been awarded an NSF grant to study how students’ peers and role models, both from the student and faculty populations within each major, can affect students’ choice of major.
Inside Higher Ed
November 2, 2015
Our results point to the importance of high-quality faculty, as well as the importance of other educational student services, suggesting that the increased spending in these areas over the past decade or so is in fact benefiting students rather than wasting their tuition dollars,” Griffith said.
July 10, 2013
As elite colleges and universities continue to invest billions in academic and non-academic amenities, a new study finds that what students say they want in a college doesn’t always jell with which school they choose.
April 8, 2013
“Offering a merit-based scholarship where maybe that student is not eligible for need-based financial aid could entice them to come to your school instead of a different institution where they’d have to pay the full sticker price,” says Amanda Griffith. She adds that colleges want to attract a variety of students, including those whose families make too much to be eligible for financial aid. They want the drum majors, the debate stars, the artsy types.
Areas of Expertise
- Applied Econometrics
- Economics of Education
- Labor Economics
- Women and STEM Fields
Cornell University: Ph.D., Economics
Cornell University: M.A., Economics
Colgate University: B.A., Economics, BiologyContact
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