Peter Hull's research develops new econometric techniques to answer policy questions in education and health care. A recent coauthored paper, for example, uses randomized school admission lotteries to detect and reduce bias in the kinds of school "value-added models" that many districts use for school closure and reconstitution policies. Another paper directly examines the effect of "charter takeovers" - a particular type of reconstitution in which a public school is closed and converted to a charter school - without the use of assignment lotteries. In a recent working paper, Hull explores ways to tease out causal effects from a quasi-experiment with multiple alternatives to the intervention; he applies this framework to measure the average labor market returns of GED certification among individuals who otherwise would drop out of high school, as well as thouse who would otherwise graduate.
In health care, Hull has proposed and applied methods to estimate hospital quality with quasi-experimental admissions variation. He also has collaborated with Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow, and Heidi Williams on a paper that refines Medicare risk adjustment procedures to account for regional differnces in how aggressively different health providers diagnose conditions.
Before completing his PhD in economics atthe Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hull earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and economics from Wesleyan University with high departmental and university honors. He was also an assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2010 to 2012.
Hull will participate in the Review of Economic Studies European Tour this spring, then spend the 2017-18 year as a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft before beginning his term as a Research Fellow at the Becker Friedman Institute in July 2018. He will join the University of Chicago Department of Economics faculty in July 2019.