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Marie Hull is an Associate Professor of Economics at UNCG and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. She earned a PhD in Economics from Duke University in 2015 and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics, and Spanish, from the University of Kansas in 2009.

Her research is centered in the economics of education and contains two major themes. The first relates to how different family backgrounds lead to inequality in educational outcomes. In particular, she is interested in the educational progress of children from immigrant backgrounds. The second theme is how educational technology interventions impact student outcomes. She also has current research projects concerning public health insurance, persistence in higher education, and the gender gap in STEM subjects.

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2015         Ph.D. Economics, Duke University

2010         M.A. Economics, Duke University

2009         B.A. with highest honors, Economics, Mathematics, and Spanish, University of Kansas

Recent Research & Publications


“What divides the first and second generations? Family time of arrival and educational outcomes for immigrant youth.” 2023. Southern Economic Journal 89(3), 754-87.

“Using Mixed Methods to Explore Variations in Impact Within RCTs: The Case of Project COMPASS” (with Julie Edmunds, Dora Gicheva, and Beth Thrift). 2022. Journal of Mixed Methods Research 16(4), 478-99.

“High Tech, High Touch: The Impact of an Online Course Intervention on Academic Performance and Persistence in Higher Education” (with Julie Edmunds, Dora Gicheva, and Beth Thrift). 2021. The Internet and Higher Education 49, 100790.

“The Skill Development of Children of Immigrants” (with Jonathan Norris). 2020. Economics of Education Review 78, 102036.

“One-to-One Technology and Student Outcomes: Evidence From Mooresville’s Digital Conversion Initiative” (with Katherine Duch). 2019. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 41(1), 79-97.

Pedagogical Publications

“Conducting a Randomized Controlled Trial in Education: Experiences From an Online Postsecondary Setting” (with Dora Gicheva, Julie Edmunds, Beth Thrift, and Jeremy Bray). 2020. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Working Papers

“Getting Students to Stick Around: The Effects of Completing an Introductory Course on Persistence for Community College Students” (with Dora Gicheva, Julie Edmunds, and Beth Thrift)

“Public Insurance Coverage and Child Development: Evidence from Medicaid and CHIP Expansions” (with Ji Yan)

Works in Progress

“The Gender Gap in STEM Emerges Well Before College” (with David Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Paola Sapienza, and Morton Schapiro)