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Matthew M. Chingos directs the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute. He leads a team of scholars who undertake policy-relevant research on issues from prekindergarten through postsecondary education and create tools such as Urban’s Education Data Portal. Chingos is coauthor of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt and Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities. He has testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR. Before joining Urban, Chingos was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received a BA in government and economics and a PhD in government from Harvard University.

Published Articles & Media

The Rich Get Richer

A review of "Dream Hoarders" by Richard V. Reeves

Who Could Benefit From School Choice? Mapping Access to Public and Private Schools

The distance families are able and willing to travel may be more important for expanding school choice than the type of school the policy provides access to.

School Choice Advocates Should Be Worried About Federalizing School Choice

To create a feasible school choice policy, lawmakers would likely need to expand federal involvement in private school education.

Don’t Let Student Borrowers Off Tax-free

A proposal that would allow employers to help pay off their employees’ student loans tax-free would provide a regressive handout to the wealthiest borrowers.

Don’t Forget Private, Non-Profit Colleges

The private, non-profit sector may be in a position to contribute even more to the nation’s educational attainment and economic mobility than it currently does.

Why the Proficiency-Versus-Growth Debate Matters for Assessing School Performance

Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos and Minnesota Senator Al Franken sparred at Tuesday’s confirmation hearing over whether student performance is best measured by proficiency or growth.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Private Schools Equally Good at Fostering Civic Participation

A new study confirms earlier ones finding that public schools are not better than private schools at fostering civic values.

Look to Congress, not Trump, for Leadership on Education Policy

An assertive Congress ignoring or even steamrolling a weak, incompetent White House seems like a plausible outcome in 2017.

Should Policymakers Make College Free or Better Support Institutions?

Providing the right mix of financial aid and non-financial supports to the students who need them most is a better idea than eliminating tuition for all or most families.

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