Chris Herbst

George Soros Visiting Chair

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Herbst's research focuses on the economics of child care and early childhood education, early human capital formation, and social safety net policy. His work studies the impact of policy on the well-being of children and parents, examining its effect on female employment, health trajectories, and children’s cognitive and behavioral development using theoretical and methodological tools from economics and developmental psychology. Dr. Herbst’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets, including the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Urban Economics, Educational Researcher, and Early Childhood Research Quarterly and has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other organizations. His research has been featured in major news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, TIME, and Bloomberg. He has also spoken about child care and early education as a guest on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show and The Indicator as well as Shankar Vedantam’s Hidden Brain and KJZZ’s The Show.


Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2007
M.P.P., Public Policy, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002
M.S., Social Work/Policy, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2000
B.A., Psychology, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1998