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Olivia Chi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Olivia Chi is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Department at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her research uses quantitative methods to study the economics of education, with a focus on teacher labor markets and measures of teacher quality. She is affiliated faculty with the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC).

Dr. Chi’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and Educational Researcher. Previously, she taught elementary grades in New Haven, Connecticut.

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PhD, Education (Education Policy and Program Evaluation), Harvard University

EdM, Education Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education

AB, Economics, Public Policy, Brown University

Teacher and School Leader Policy in the K-12 Sector

Understanding and Using Research as Evidence

Bacher-Hicks, A., Chi, O. L., & Orellana, A. (forthcoming). Two years later: How COVID-19 has shaped the teacher workforce. Educational Researcher.

Chi, O. L., & Lenard, M. A. (forthcoming). Can a commercial screening tool help select better teachers? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Stark, K., Bettini, E., & Chi, O. (forthcoming). Momentary affective experiences of teachers serving students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in self-contained settings. Remedial and Special Education.

Chi, O. L. (forthcoming). A classroom observer like me: The effects of race-congruence and gender-congruence between teachers and raters on observation scores. Education Finance and Policy.

Kraft, M. A., Papay, J. P., & Chi, O. L. (2020). Teacher skill development: Evidence from performance ratings by principals. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 39(2): 315-347.