Jennifer Imazeki

Jennifer Imazeki
Jennifer Imazeki
Professor of Economics and Director of the SDSU Center for Teaching & Learning,
San Diego State University

Jennifer Imazeki is director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, a senate distinguished professor, and a professor of economics at San Diego State University (SDSU). She teaches courses in applied microeconomics and data analysis. She has worked on several projects to train middle and high school teachers to use economics to teach Common Core skills; she also created an economics for teachers course for SDSU undergraduate students working toward their single-subject teaching credential in social science. Her teaching work dovetails with her research on the economics of K–12 education, including work on school finance reform, adequacy, and teacher labor markets. Imazeki is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA) and has served on the board of directors of the Association of Education Finance and Policy, the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and the AEA’s Committee on Economic Education. She received her PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

updated 2018

Publications by Jennifer Imazeki
California’s Current Policies and Funding Levels
California policymakers have established the expectation that all public school students should have access to a broad course of study, in classes where instruction is consistent with the state’s content standards. Further, the state holds schools…
Revenues and Expenditures in the Second Year of Categorical Flexibility
California's system of school finance is highly regulated and prescriptive. A large share of state funding is allocated through categorical programs; that is, programs whose funding is contingent on districts using the money in a particular way or…
Five Years Later
This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California’s education system as the necessary basis for an informed…
Revenues and Expenditure in the First Year of Categorical Flexibility
California’s school finance system is notoriously complex. Its critics have long advocated for simplifying funding streams and returning authority to local school boards. In 2009 the state partially acquiesced, giving districts significant…