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Faculty Profiles

Eric Wai Kin Chan

  • Assistant Professor
Academic Division: Math & Science


Eric empirically studies the effects of education, labor, and housing policy on family and individual outcomes. He is interested in using experimental and quasi-experimental methods to provide causal evidence that is relevant for policy and practice. Further, he wishes to extend the machine learning research on categorical measurements of images and texts to further policy research. Eric received his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University and his BS from Babson College.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Columbia University
  • MPhil, Columbia University
  • MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BS, Babson College

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 — Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education Prize for Best Research Paper, Columbia University


Journal Articles

  • Chan, E.W. (in press). The Everlasting Quest of Preschool for All: Maternal Choices and Enrollment Implications of Bilingual Pre-K. Applied Economics.
  • Chan, E.W. (in press). Leveraging Parents through Low-Cost Technology:: The Impact of High-Frequency Information on Achievement. Journal of Human Resources.

Book Chapters

  • Chan, E.W. (2014). School-Based Management: The Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance. SAGE.


  • Parental Inputs and Gifted Students Chan, E. Columbia University Economics Seminar, Columbia University (2018)
  • Parental Inputs and Gifted Students Chan, E. Association of Education and Finance Annual Meetings, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Gifted Students and Parent Engagement Chan, E. Babson Faculty Research Day, Babson College (2018)
  • Parental Roles in Gifted Education Chan, E. Teachers College Columbia University Seminar, Columbia University (2017)
  • Leveraging Technology to Engage Parents at Scale Chan, E. Babson Faculty Meeting - Research Day, Babson College (2017)
  • Leveraging Technology to Engage Parents at Scale Chan, E. IZA Economics of Education Workshop, Bonn, Germany (2017)
  • Effective Use of Information Interventions in Education Chan, E. Mechanism Design for Social Good, Columbia University (2017)
  • Does Information on School Quality Impact Residential Choice? Evidence from a Nationwide Field Experiment Chan, E. Bergman, P. Faculty Research Day, Babson College (2017)