Judith Scott-Clayton

Judith Scott-Clayton is an Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA), where she directs the Economics & Education Program and teaches courses on the economics of education, labor economics and causal inference. She is also a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research Scholar at the Community College Research Center (CCRC). Scott-Clayton’s research lies at the intersection of labor economics and higher education policy, with a particular focus on financial aid, community colleges, and the outcomes of students after college, including labor market trajectories and patterns of student loan default. Scott-Clayton actively participates in higher education policy discussions at the state and federal level, including testifying three times to the U.S. Senate as an expert on financial aid research and policy.   Scott-Clayton holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Research Interests

Adolescent / Young Adult Developmental Transitions
Policy (policies)
Higher Education


American Community Survey
Administrative Data (state or national)
Current Population Survey
NYC Administrative Data
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth or other NLS datasets
National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey
Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey
both NCES datasets