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Lorien A. Rice

Professor of Economics
Lynn T. White Jr. Endowed Professor


BA, Oberlin College
PhD, University of California San Diego

Professional Interests

Labor economics, public policy, poverty, education economics, applied econometrics


Lorien Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Oberlin College and her PhD in economics from University of California San Diego. Prior to graduate school, she worked for MDRC in New York, contributing to the evaluation of education and anti-poverty programs. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, working as a socioeconomic planner for Souss-Massa National Park. Prior to joining Mills College in 2006, she worked as a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her research focuses on poverty, inequality, and access to opportunity. She has published numerous journal articles on integration and segregation in public schools and the role of transportation in providing access to employment.

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