Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman is an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He studies how information problems affect human capital decision making. Much of his research combines technology and information interventions to improve outcomes for low-income families at scale. He has conducted large-scale experiments aimed at improving parental engagement, helping families find and move to neighborhoods that promote economic mobility, understanding the effects of school integration, using predictive analytics to track students in higher education, and assessing discrimination in systems of school choice. Peter’s research has been covered by the New York Times, CNN, and NPR, among other outlets.

Peter earned a BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.     

Research Interests

Human Capital and Children
Income Based Interventions
Place-Based Interventions
Social Stratification
Parenthood Programs
Urban Policy


Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies Program or other Institute of Education Sciences Data