Zach Bleemer

Job title: 
Research Associate

Zach Bleemer is a Research Associate at the Center of Studies of Higher Education, where he directs the UC ClioMetric History Project. He is also a postdoctoral fellow at Opportunity Insights. Zach will be appointed as an assistant professor of economics at the Yale School of Management in July 2022.

The UC ClioMetric History Project has constructed one of the largest repositories of historical and contemporary university records in the United States. Zach’s research combines these data with quasi-experimental research designs to examine the long-run ramifications of young Americans’ post-secondary education and specialization decisions, with a particular focus on university policies that promote socioeconomic mobility. He has published studies of affirmative action and other access-oriented admissions policies, the consequences of student debt accumulation, widespread misinformation about the costs and benefits of higher education, and state disinvestment from public higher education in outlets including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Zach earned his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics, Mathematics, and Philosophy from Amherst College.

Research interests: 

Long-run student outcomes of post-secondary educational policies and decisions