Lesley Turner

Assistant Professor of Economics

Lesley J. Turner’s research applies theory and methods from labor and public economics to topics in the economics of education. She has contributed to research on K-12 and higher education policy, and the role of the government in financing education. Her research topics have ranged from the impact of incentive pay for teachers on student achievement to the economic incidence of the Pell Grant Program and the economics of the federal student loan program. She is a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a research affiliate of CESifo, and a faculty associate of the Maryland Population Research Center. Her research has garnered various awards including the Upjohn Institute Dissertation award for best PhD dissertation in labor economics in 2012 and the CESifo Distinguished Young Affiliate Prize in 2015. Turner obtained her PhD in Economics, with distinction, from Columbia University.

3115E Tydings Hall
Maryland Center for Economics and Policy
Phone: (301) 405-3512
Email: turner@econ.umd.edu