Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies. He also has conducted research on health care including studies examining the economic costs of dementia as well as research on the economic and educational consequences of military service.
University of California at Davis School of Education
Assistant Professor, 2014-
Adjunct Economist, 2014-
Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2006-2014
Associate Economist, 2005-2009
University of Texas at Dallas Center for Research on Education Policy,
Research Scholar, 2012-
PhD, Economics, University of California at Berkeley, May 2005
BA, Economics and Mathematics, Carleton College, June 1999
Huddleson Award for Outstanding Teaching, Pardee RAND Graduate School, 2009
RAND President’s Award, 2008
Public Policy Research Award, UC Berkeley Department of Economics, 2005
“The Effect of Incentives for Increasing Summer School Attendance: Evidence from a Field Experiment” (with Catherine Augustine, Trey Miller, and Lucrecia Santibanez). Revision requested at Economics of Education Review.
Other Peer-Reviewed Publications
“The Effect of Military Enlistment on Earnings and Education” (with David Loughran, Jacob Klerman, and Trey Miller). 2011. RAND TR-955-A
“Deployment, Reenlistment Intentions, and Actual Reenlistment: Single and Married Active-Component Service Members” (with James Hosek). 2011. In Risk and Resilience in U.S. Military Families, edited by Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth and David Riggs, 281-304. Springer.
“Cash Incentives and Military Enlistment, Attrition, and Reenlistment” (with Beth Asch, Paul Heaton, James Hosek, Curtis Simon, and John Warner). 2011. RAND MG-950-OSD.
“An Exploratory Analysis of Adequate Yearly Progress, Identification for Improvement, and Student Achievement in Two States and Three Cities. Technical Report” (with Brian Gill, J.R. Lockwood, Claude Setodji, and Kevin Booker). 2009. U.S. Department of Education.
“How Do Earnings Change When Reservists Are Activated? A Reconciliation of Estimates Derived From Survey and Administrative Data” (with Jacob Klerman and David Loughran). 2008. RAND TR-565-OSD.
“Supporting Literacy Across the Sunshine State: A Study of Florida Middle School Reading Coaches” (with Julie Marsh, Jennifer Sloan McCombs, J.R. Lockwood, Daniel Gershwin, Scott Naftel, Vi-Nhuan Le, Molly Shea, Heather Barney, and Al Crego). 2008. RAND MG-762-EDU.
“Survey of Recent Qatari Secondary School Graduates: Methods and Results” (with Vazha Nadareishvili and Hanine Salem). 2008. RAND TR-578-QATAR.
“Post-Secondary Education in Qatar: Employer Demand, Student Choice, and Options for Policy” (with Cathleen Stasz and Eric Eide). 2007. RAND MG-644-QATAR.
Current and Completed Research Grants
Co-Investigator. “On the Importance of School Facilities Spending to Student Outcomes” 2014-2017. (IES grant R305A140363)
Co-Investigator. “Designing a RCT Experiment to Test the Impact of Innovative Interventions and Policies for Postsecondary Developmental Education: A RAND-Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Research Partnership” 2013-2015. (IES grant R305H130026)
Principal Investigator. “An Audit Study of the Labor Market’s Perception of For-Profit College Graduates” 2012-2013. (Spencer Foundation grant 2012-0901).
Co-Principal Investigator. “Evaluation of the Long-Term Effects of Retention Under New York City’s Student Promotion Policy” 2012-2017. (IES grant R305E120006).
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator for RAND subcontract). “Causes and Consequences of Public Subsidies in Higher Education: Evidence from Community College Districts” 2010-2013. (IES grant R305A100369).
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator for RAND subcontract). “Transitions Through Higher Education: Evidence on the Mismatch Hypothesis” 2008-2011. (IES grant R305A080620).
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator for RAND subcontract). “The Effects of College Remediation on Students’ Academic and Labor Market Outcomes” 2007-2009. (IES grant R305B070581).
Co-Investigator. “The Costs of Dementia” 2007-2012. (NIA Grant R01 AG030155).
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator for RAND subcontract). “The Impact of Exit Exam Performance on High School and Post-Secondary Outcomes” 2006-2008. (IES grant R305R060096).
Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator for RAND subcontract). “Help or Hindrance? A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of College Remediation” 2006-2009. (Smith Richardson Foundation grant 2006-5747).
Principal Investigator. “The Returns to Military Service Among Disadvantaged Youth.” 2007-2009. (NICHD grant R03HD056074).
Paco Martorell, assistant professor of education, is a co-author of a study that found high school students who are identified as in need of remediation are no less likely to enroll in college than students who score just above the remediation cutoff. “Does Failing a Placement Exam Discourage Underprepared Students from Going to College?” appears in the latest issue of Education and Finance Policy. See this story about the study in EdWeek.
Paco Martorell, who is teaching in the School’s doctoral programs, has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy, particularly in the transitions between high school and college and between college and work.
In a current field experiment, Martorell is exploring new methods for placing students entering community college into remedial, or developmental, courses and assessing whether those students can move more quickly through these preliminary courses than students typically do.