Areas of Interest:

  • Causes and consequences of inequality in housing and education
  • Social justice
  • School finance
  • Housing finance

Dr. Ashlyn Aiko Nelson is an economist who studies how housing markets and financial institutions and policies influence the education market. Her research examines the causes and consequences of inequality in the overlapping housing and public education sectors.


  • Social Health
  • Public Finance & Economics
  • Methods, Econometrics, & Data Management
  • Policy Analysis


Environmental Policy, Public Administration
PhD, Stanford University, Economics of Education, 2005
MA, Stanford University, Economics, 2003
BA, University of Southern California, Economics, 2001
BS, University of Southern California, Business Administration, 2001