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- Labor economics
- Education economics
- Causal inference
- School Choice and Charters
- Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
- Labor: Strengthening and Disseminating Research
- Training and Re-employment
- Human Services
Robert Santillano is a researcher with expertise in labor and education economics. Although his research interests are broad, he is drawn toward programs and policies that aim to improve the well-being of disadvantaged populations.
Santillano’s work is split between performing causal research, providing technical assistance to others performing impact evaluations, and helping with systematic reviews of research. He has authored papers and reports on employment programs, teacher effectiveness, and student mobility. His current work to measure impacts of programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor covers self-employed individuals, dislocated workers, career pathways, and homeless veterans. He also has over 10 years of in-depth experience working with education and administrative data sets covering education and employment systems.
Santillano joined Mathematica in 2009. From 2014 to 2016, he stepped away from Mathematica to be a senior research fellow at the Education Research Alliance at Tulane University. He continues to build on that experience with ongoing research and pursuing projects with local education agencies in California. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.