Jaime Thomas

Jaime Thomas

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Evaluations of early childhood, K–12, and postsecondary education interventions
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Research design
  • Education
  • School Reform
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Strengthening and Disseminating Research
  • Early Childhood
  • Systematic Evidence Reviews
About Jaime

Jaime Thomas studies the effects of early childhood, K–12, and postsecondary education interventions on children and students, their families, and their communities. She has an extensive background in econometrics, with expertise in nonexperimental study designs and methods for addressing missing data. 

Thomas serves as principal investigator for the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a central and trusted resource on the effectiveness of employment programs. She also directed a project examining informal child care in California to gain an understanding of networks for child care support and has played a key role in many high-profile education and early childhood projects, including the Impact Evaluation of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants, the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey, and systematic reviews for the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies.

Before joining Mathematica in 2010, Thomas held teaching positions at the University of California, San Diego, taught and created English language learning curriculum for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, and worked as a clinician at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. She is a reviewer for Economics of Education Review and a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Economic Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Key Projects
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    Evaluating Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants

    In this study of more than 500 schools, 60 districts, and all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Mathematica is conducting an implementation and impact analysis of Race To the Top and School Improvement Grants, two programs that aim to foster systematic school reform.