Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Daniel Mangrum is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the impact of education policy in the United States on human capital and labor market outcomes for low-income and first-generation college students. He is most interested in how policy can help promote intergenerational income mobility. Mangrum’s dissertation investigates whether requiring students to take personal finance courses in high school can improve financial literacy and student loan repayment outcomes after college. His paper, "Personal Finance Education Mandates and Student Loan Repayment," won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Missouri Valley Economic Association. He also examines how nutrition interventions affect standardized test scores and school attendance for children in food-insecure areas. In addition to education economics, he also studies topics in urban and transportation economics. Mangrum earned his B.A. and M.A. in economics from the University of Memphis before beginning doctoral studies at Vanderbilt.