Sarah Reber

Sarah Reber

Associate Professor of Public Policy


Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University
A.B. in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University

Areas of Interest:

Economics, Education, Health Care


(310) 825-1960


Office Location:

6339, Public Affairs

Professor Reber is on sabbatical for Academic Year 2020-2021.


I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. I received my Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2003. From 2003 to 2005, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley.

My 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, I am conducting a randomized field experiment of two interventions designed to increase college enrollment among disadvantaged students.

My research in health economics examines the advantages and disadvantages of promoting competition in health insurance markets.


Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Faculty Affiliate, California Center for Population Research
Faculty Affiliate, California Policy Lab

More information about her research and teaching can be found at