Christopher Avery

Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and Management
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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Christopher N. Avery, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy, teaches analytic courses in microeconomics and statistics. He studies rating and selection mechanisms, focusing on the college admissions system. His first book, The Early Admissions Game, coauthored with Andrew Fairbanks and Richard Zeckhauser, was published by Harvard University Press in March 2003. In his current research, he studies college application patterns and college enrollment choices for high school students. He completed a PhD in economic analysis at the Stanford Business School and holds prior degrees from Harvard and Cambridge universities.




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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Smith, Jonathan, Michael Hurwitz, and Christopher Avery. "Giving College Credit Where It Is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes." Journal of Labor Economics 35.1 (January 2017): 67-147.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Avery, Christopher, Oded Gurantz, Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith. "Shifting College Majors in Response to Advanced Placement Exam Scores." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-058, October 2016.

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