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Brian P. McCall

Professor, Marsal Family School of Education; Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy


(734) 647-8366


610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Dr. McCall is a professor of education, economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, where he holds appointments at the School of Education, Department of Economics and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies. McCall has been a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, Dalhousie University, and University of California, Berkeley as well as a professor at the University of Minnesota. He currently is a co-editor of Economics of Education Review.

McCall’s primary fields of interest are economics of education, program evaluation, and labor economics. His current research focuses on the effect of tuition subsidies on college attendance, the influence of family wealth on college attendance and completion, the effect of financial aid packages on college attendance, completion and subsequent labor market earnings, the influence of education on job displacement and subsequent earnings, the impact of unemployment insurance rules on unemployment durations and re-employment wages, and the determinants and consequences of repeat use of the unemployment insurance system.   


Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 768
Economics of Education

This course is an introduction to the economics of education. The central aim of the course is to assist students in viewing the education “industry” and its educational processes through the perspective of economics. Several tools of economic analysis are used to address the links between education and economic growth, consumption, investment, employment, and equity. Students are afforded an opportunity to examine an important issue related to the economics of education, which helps them to become more knowledgeable about the economics of education literature and learn how to apply the tools of economic analysis to an important policy issue.

EDUC 793
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Prerequisites: Graduate standing at the doctoral level.
Surveys quantitative methods of inquiry as they are currently used in the study of the contexts, processes, and effects of education. Introduces students to elementary statistics, exploratory data analysis, research design, and computer-based data analysis methods.

EDUC 471
Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education

An introductory seminar focused on current issues and topics in higher education.  Accordingly, the topic and instructor may vary each time the seminar is offered. This seminar is primarily targeted for upper-division undergraduates and master’s level graduate students.

EDUC 795
Quantitative Methods for Non-Experimental Research

Prerequisites: EDUC 793 or equivalent.
Building on the foundation developed in Educ 793, this course provides the opportunity for students to advance their quantitative reasoning skills for applied empirical research, focusing on a range of statistical techniques but with a special emphasis on regression techniques that are used frequently in education research.


Award Start Date
Jun 01, 2014
Award End Date
May 02, 2016
Award Start Date
Apr 12, 2011
Award End Date
Aug 20, 2011
Award Start Date
Jun 01, 2010
Award End Date
Jun 01, 2011