Michael Castro

Research Assistant

As one of EdChoice’s research assistants, Michael Castro supports a number of important research projects under the Fiscal Research and Education Center.

He is currently an undergraduate at Lehigh University, pursuing a double bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics. While at Lehigh, Michael also tutors for the Intermediate Microeconomics course.

Prior to EdChoice, Michael held a position as an Industrial Organization Research Intern at the American Enterprise Institute where his work focused on agricultural economics. Before that he was a Summer Fellow at the California Policy Lab.

Favorite Quote

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”
— Theodore Roosevelt
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
— Virginia Woolf

Favorite Teacher/Class

Intermediate Microeconomics, Professor Deily

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Favorite Pastimes

Hiking, going out to restaurants and watching old movies

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

Growing up, my mother worked tirelessly to make sure I went to private schools my entire life. Once I went to college and became a tutor, I noticed distinct differences in the quality of education received amongst my students. As an undergraduate, I began to think about how economic principles could be applied to education. After further research, I arrived at the belief that school choice is the path to increasing the quality of education for everyone.