Eric A. Hanushek

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    Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues. His research spans such diverse areas as the impacts of teacher quality, high stakes accountability, and class size reduction on achievement and the role of cognitive skills in international growth and development. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through student achievement forms the basis for current research into the value-added of teachers and schools. His newest book, Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School (2013), describes the economic implications of continued low performance of our school. A previous book, Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses: Solving the Funding-Achievement Puzzle in America's Public Schools (2009), describes how improved school finance policies can be used to meet our achievement goals. Prior books include Courting Failure, the Handbook on the Economics of Education, The Economics of Schooling and School Quality Improving America’s Schools, Making Schools Work, Educational Performance of the Poor, Education and Race, Modern Political Economy, Improving Information for Social Policy Decisions, and Statistical Methods for Social Scientists, along with numerous widely-cited articles in professional journals. He previously held academic appointments at the University of Rochester, Yale University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Government service includes being chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences, Deputy Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education, the Society of Labor Economists and the American Education Research Association. He was awarded the Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in 2004. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


It Pays to Improve School Quality

States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

What Matters for Student Achievement

Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools

Spring 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 2

U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Evidence-based Debates on Teacher Quality

The world of education is moving steadily toward reliance on evidence, even with the possibility for misinterpretation.

School Leaders Matter

Measuring the impact of effective principals

Winter 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 1

The Role of Principals in Successful Schools

Eric Hanushek discusses his new study, School Leaders Matter, with Paul Peterson.

Is the U.S. Catching Up?

International and state trends in student achievement

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Grinding the Antitesting Ax

More bias than evidence behind NRC panel’s conclusions

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?

The latest on each state’s international standing

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Valuing Teachers

How much is a good teacher worth?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

How Valuable Is an Effective Teacher?

Podcast: Rick Hanushek talks with Ed Next’s Paul Peterson about his new study estimating the economic impact of teachers who produce higher than average gains in student learning.

Teaching Math to the Talented

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom

A lofty goal, but how to do it?

Summer 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 3

Total Student Load

Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL

Spring 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 2

Many Schools Are Still Inadequate, Now What?

Is court involvement in school spending essential to reform, or can we use education funding to drive reforms that promise better outcomes for students?

Fall 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 4

Will Horne v. Flores Affect School Finance Litigation?

Video: Eric Hanushek talks with Education Next about the recent Supreme Court decision on school spending in Arizona, and considers the ruling’s impact on state school finance litigation.

Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses

Video: Hoover Institution senior fellows and members of Hoovers Task Force on K12 Education Terry Moe and Eric Hanushek discuss Hanushek’s new book Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses.

Education and Economic Growth

It’s not just going to school, but learning something while there that matters

Spring 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 2

The Confidence Men

Selling adequacy, making millions

Summer 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 3

RAND versus RAND

What Do Test Scores in Texas Tell Us? by Stephen P. Klein et al.

Spring 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 1

Deconstructing RAND

Improving Student Achievement: What NAEP State Test Scores Tell Us by David W. Grissmer et al.

Spring 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 1

The Seeds of Growth

The United States became the world’s economic superpower over the course of the 20th century. But can today’s education system be counted on to fertilize growth in the future?

Fall 2002 / Vol. 2, No. 3

Lost Opportunity

Increased economic growth, fueled by improvements in student performance, might have funded the nation’s entire K–12 education budget by now

Spring 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 2

High-Stakes Research

Accountability works after all

Summer 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 3

The Revolving Door

A path-breaking study of teachers in Texas reveals that working conditions matter more than salary

Winter 2004 / Vol. 4, No. 1