Assistant Professor of Economics
Hilger received his BA from Stanford University in 2004 and joins the economics department at Brown this year after completing his PhD in Economics at Harvard. His dissertation focused on issues in the economics of education. One of his papers shows that higher parental income during college-age years raises children’s college enrollment, but by much less than comparable changes in financial aid. Another paper shows that teachers who raise child test scores also tend to improve children’s future college outcomes and earnings. His ongoing research and teaching explore sources of inequality in long-term outcomes and policies that seek to help children overcome disadvantaged backgrounds. His other interests include literature, history, basketball, film and music.