Rene Crespin

Rene Crespin

PhD Candidate

Cornell University

About me

I am an applied microeconomist and PhD Candidate at Cornell University. My research focuses on the impacts of education and immigration policies, which are at the intersection of the economics of education, urban economics, and labor economics.

Prior to attending Cornell, I was a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Before that, I was a research analyst at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research. I graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a M.S. in Applied Statistics and from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics.

I will be available for interviews for the 2021-2022 job market.


  • Economics of Education
  • Urban Economics
  • Labor Economics


  • PhD in Policy Analysis and Management, 2022 (Expected)

    Cornell University

  • MS in Applied Statistics, 2016

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

  • BA in Economics, 2012

    University of Chicago

Working Papers

Effects of School Climate Information: Evidence from Chicago’s Housing Market

Effects of Local Immigration Enforcement Policies on Housing Transactions

Works in Progress

Elite School Choice and Gentrification: Unintended Consequences of Affirmative Action

The Role of Local School Boards on School Finance, Performance, and Segregation [with Maria Fitzpatrick]

Direct and Spillover Effects of DACA: Evidence from Consumption Patterns and Labor Market Outcomes [with Julia Li Zhu]

Effects of Promise Neighborhoods on Neighborhood Migration and the Housing Market [with Alex Cooperstock]


Big Data for Big Policy Problems

Lab/Section Instructor: Summer 2020, Spring 2021 (Cornell University)

Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

Teaching Assistant : Summer 2019 (Michigan State University)