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Gema Zamarro Rodriguez

Gema Zamarro Rodriguez

Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality

College of Education and Health Professions

(EDRE)-Education Reform

Phone: 479-575-7024

Fax: (479) 575-3196

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Gema Zamarro (Ph.D. CEMFI & UNED, Madrid (Spain), 2006) is an Associate Professor (tenured) and 21st Century Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Zamarro also directs Charassein: The Character Assessment Initiative, a research group for the study of measures and development of character skills. She is also adjunct Senior Economist at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and adjunct Economist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Zamarro was a Senior Economist at CESR (2013-2014), an Economist at the RAND Corporation (2007-2013) and Professor of Econometrics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy (2007-2013), as well as, assistant professor in the Department of Econometrics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a junior research fellow at NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement) (2005-2007). Dr. Zamarro has performed research on applied econometrics in the areas of education, health, and labor. She has completed studies on heterogeneity in returns to education, on the relationship between teacher quality and student performance, on the effect of school closing policies on student outcomes, on the properties of value-added methods for estimating teacher quality, on the effect of dual-language immersion programs on student outcomes, and on the causal effect of retirement on health, among others. Her current education research focuses on an alyzing the use and comparability of student self-reports on teacher performance and the measurement and development of character skills. Finally, in a different line of research, Dr. Zamarro is also studying possible pathways to better health in retirement. Dr. Zamarro’s work has been featured several times in the media including The New York Times, Fox News, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post of Chicago, and the Oregorian.

Education Economics, Health Economics, Policy Evaluation, Micro-econometrics

Econometric Methods in Education Policy; Summer Econometric Workshop; Seminar in Teacher Quality and Public Policy

Ph.D. in Economics. CEMFI (Central Bank of Spain foundation) & UNED (Madrid, Spain)

M.S. in Economics and Finance. CEMFI (Madrid, Spain)

B.A. in Economics. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)

Significant Research Award, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, 2016.

American Educational Research Association and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Outstanding Reviewer for 2015.

Ph.D. in Economics cum laude (2006).

Visiting Student at The University of Chicago, The Division of the social Sciences, Department of Economics, under the supervision of Professor James J. Heckman. January-May 2004.

Prize to the Best Student obtaining the degree in Economics at "Universidad Carlos III de Madrid" in the year 2000 (first rank among all students graduating in 2000)