Tony Fong

Senior Policy Associate

As a Senior Policy Associate with WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), Tony Fong performs quantitative research to improve the policy and practice of education.

Fong's research interests include the economics of education, program evaluation, and teacher labor markets.

His research incorporates a variety of econometric analyses, including multi-level modeling, propensity score matching, and regression discontinuity. Fong conducts these analyses for various REL West research projects, including:

  • An examination of the link between high school coursework and college remediation in Nevada
  • A study projecting the number of teacher retirements in California over the next 10 years
  • An analysis of dropout reenrollment patterns in a school district in Southern California

Fong has presented his research at numerous annual conferences, including the American Education Finance Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, and Institute of Education Sciences Research Conference.

Prior to joining WestEd, Fong served as a Senior Associate in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. There he also served as the Director for the San Francisco office's Junior Achievement program.

Fong received a BA in business/economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MS in applied statistics and a PhD in economics and education from Columbia University, Teachers College.

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