J-PAL Affiliated Professor
Associate Professor in Economics
The University of Texas at Austin
Peter Bergman is an associate professor in economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies how information problems affect human capital decision making. Much of his research combines technology and information interventions to improve outcomes for low-income families at scale. He has conducted large-scale experiments aimed at improving parent engagement, helping families find and move to areas with better schools, improving access to financial aid, using predictive analytics to track students in higher education, and assessing discrimination in systems of school choice. Peter’s research has been covered by the New York Times, CNN, and NPR, among other outlets. He previously served as Co-Chair of J-PAL's North America Education, Technology, and Opportunity Initiative.
Peter earned a BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.