Sarah Reber is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley.
Reber is an applied economist trained in public finance and labor economics, specializing in education and health policy. Her work in health economics examines the advantages and disadvantages of promoting competition in health insurance markets. Reber’s research in education focuses on understanding the educational, social, and fiscal effects—both intended and unintended—of some of the most important policies of the 20th century: school desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, and the massive expansion of federal aid to K-12 education that Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act represented. In addition, she is conducting a randomized-controlled trial of two interventions designed to increase college enrollment among disadvantaged students.
“From Separate and Unequal to Integrated and Equal? School Desegregation and School Finance in Louisiana,”  Review of Economics and Statistics. May 2011.
“Desegregation and Educational Attainment for Blacks,”  Journal of Human Resources, Fall 2010.
“Paying for Progress: Conditional Grants and the Desegregation of Southern Schools,”  (with Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, and Ethan Lewis), Quarterly Journal of Economics. February 2010. (Online Appendix )
“From Brown to Busing,”  (with Elizabeth Cascio, Nora Gordon, and Ethan Lewis), Journal of Urban Economics, September 2008.
“Court-Ordered Desegregation: Successes and Failures in Integration Since Brown vs. Board of Education,”  Journal of Human Resources, Summer 2005.
“Paying for Health Insurance: The Tradeoff between Competition and Adverse Selection,”  (with David M. Cutler), Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 1998.
“Federal Aid and Equality of Educational Opportunity: Evidence from the Introduction of Title I in the South,”  June 2011. NBER Working Paper 17155. (with Elizabeth Cascio and Nora Gordon)