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Alex Combs

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Martin School
Patterson Office Tower 405
Biography: 

Alex arrived at the Martin School in 2013, obtaining a Master of Public Administration in 2014 before beginning the Ph.D. program. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Philosophy. While an undergraduate, Alex was involved in university administration and higher education policy and maintained this involvement working in the nonprofit sector after graduation. Alex’s research interests primarily include issues concerning public finance and public choice of higher education and their effects on student access and success. Alex is expected to complete his degree in 2018 and plans to apply to an academic position.

Research
Alex Combs, Estimating the effect of distance on degree completion in Kentucky
Alex Combs, The effects of high tuition-high aid policies on student migration and the higher education market
Alex Combs, The effect of NCLB sanctions on college attendance and academic performance
Alex Combs, State financial aid policy: How allocation decisions between need- and merit-based aid impact college completion