Marc A. Scott

Associate Professor of Applied Statistics

Marc A. Scott

Phone: 212-992-9407

Dr. Scott's research involves the development of statistical models for longitudinal data. Using latent variable technology, he developed a new class of covariance models for such data, and has used them to examine recent trends in wage inequality. More recent applications include medical histories. He also works on models for longitudinal sequence analysis. In the educational setting, such models examine the influence of the entire pathway (e.g., the timing of educational and employment spells and interruptions to these) on an outcome measure such as wages or degree completion. In current work on low-wage labor markets, such models seek to find similar structure in the career histories and education of workers to identify more and less successful career ladders. This work is a part of a larger project on Service Sector employment at University of Wisconsin's Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS).

The assessment of the participation and outcome patterns in postsecondary occupational education was part of the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Vocational Education (NAVE). Dr. Scott has an affiliation with the Institute on Education and the Economy, Teachers College, Columbia University, where that work was centered. More recent work as a fellow at NYU's Institute on Education and Social Policy centers on spatial analyses of school-level test results.

Dr. Scott teaches Multi-Level Models: Growth Curves / Nested Data (E10.2040/41/42), Classification and Clustering (E10.2011), and Biostatistics I & II (E10.2995,2996). Fall 2005, he taught a new Spatial Statistics course (E10.2090). He serves as co-director with Lisa Stulberg of the Interdepartmental Research Studies (IDRS) program; follow this link to website for descriptions of this program and links to course schedules and syllabi. In Fall 2008, Steinhardt launched a new Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM) , for which he and Jennifer Hill serve as co-directors.

Selected Presentations

  • Mobility Rules: Latent Space Models for Career Sequences
    Invited session on New Latent Space Models for Social Sciences, Joint Statistical Meetings, Social Statistics Section. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Mapping Career Paths in the U.S. Labor Market
    Presentation at Careers and Career Transitions: New Evidence for a New Economy, Wharton School Center for Human Resources, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • The Spatial Analysis of School-Based (In)equity in New York City (with D. Phenix)
    Presented at Division D-Measurement and Research Methodology panel on Informing Educational Policies and Reforms, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, PQ.


Degrees Held

  • B.A. Cornell University 1986
  • M.A. Hunter College, CUNY 1993
  • Ph.D. New York University 1998


  • 2001 : Richard A. Lester Award, Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations, 2001, Princeton University
  • 2003 : Distinguished Book of the Year, 2002-2003, Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell University

Selected Publications

  • Divergent Paths (with A. Bernhardt, M. Morris & M. Handcock), Russell Sage Press, 2001. (link)
  • Pitfalls in Pathways: Some Perspectives on Competing Risks Event History Analysis (with B. Kennedy) in Education Research." Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 2005.
  • Institutions Afloat? Determinants of College Graduation Rates with a Focus on the Public Urban College. (with T. Bailey and G. Kienzl) in Research in Higher Education, 2006.
  • Persistent Inequality? Answers via Hybrid Models for Longitudinal Data (with M. Handcock) in Sociological Methods and Research, 2005.
  • The Educational Outcomes of Occupational Sub-baccalaureate Students: Evidence from the 1990s (with M. Alfonso and T. Bailey) in Economics of Education Review, 2005.
  • Educational Outcomes of Occupational Postsecondary Students (with T. Bailey, M. Alfonso and T. Leinbach), a report to the National Assessment of Vocational Education, U.S. Department of Education, 2004. (link)
  • Measurement of Inter-rater Agreement for Transient Events Using Monte Carlo Sampled Permutations (with Robert G. Norman), in Statistics in Medicine, 2007.
  • Discussion of ‘The Essential Role of Pair Matching (with Jennifer Hill), in Statistical Science, 2009.
  • Social Capital, Financial Knowledge, and Hispanic Student College Choices (with Noga O'Connor and Floyd Hammack), in Research in Higher Education, 2010.


  • APSTA-GE 2040/41 - Multi-Level Models: Growth Curves
  • APSTA-GE 2042 - Multi-Level Models: Nested Data
  • APSTA-GE 2011 - Classification and Clustering
  • APSTA-GE 2090 - Space Matters (Applied Spatial Statistics)

Research Interests

  • Statistics
  • Stratification
  • Work and Occupations
  • Economics of Education
  • Higher Education
  • Biostatistics