Sarah Dolfin

Sarah Dolfin

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Experimental and nonexperimental program evaluations
  • Training and education
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Training and Reemployment
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
About Sarah

Sarah Dolfin has expertise in conducting and assessing experimental and nonexperimental program evaluations, particularly in the areas of training and education.

Dolfin directs an evaluation of a set of eight supply chain management (SCM) certifications developed under a TAACCCT grant by a consortium of community colleges and universities led by Broward College.  She also directs a study analyzing Department of Labor administrative program data and is the principal investigator for research on labor market nondiscrimination policies for CLEAR.

Dolfin was deputy project director for Mathematica’s evaluation of comprehensive teacher induction programs, and provided analytic and technical support on education research conducted by Regional Educational Laboratories. She played a lead role in the evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides training and financial support to workers displaced by trade, and directed a study examining TAA program underexpenditures. In past work, she directed studies of minimum wage and overtime violations.

Dolfin was previously an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine. She has co-authored several book chapters on education policy and published in the American Economic Review, Labour Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and Applied Economics. A member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, she holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.  

Key Projects
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    Wage and Hour Division Compliance Strategies Evaluation

    Mathematica will assess outcomes of compliance strategies used by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Division to enforce labor standards and develop a continuous improvement framework. We will design and optionally evaluate the effects of behavioral science compliance assistance interventions.

Related Case Studies
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    Building the Knowledge Base on Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness

    Mathematica designed and conducted three large-scale studies on the relationship between teacher preparation and effectiveness, using the most rigorous approach possible—random assignment of students to teachers from different kinds of programs—and compared student test scores to gauge teacher effectiveness.