Josh B. McGee

Josh McGee is an economist and public policy expert. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arkansas. Josh has experience in many fields ?including stints as an engineering consultant and a charter school administrator. In his most ?recent capacity as a research associate in the Department of Education Reform and a Ph.D. ?candidate in Economics at the University of Arkansas, Josh produced high quality, policy ?relevant research spanning a number of important areas of education policy, including the impact ?of teachers’ pensions on the labor market, measuring school level student achievement growth, ?and the impacts of charter schools. His work has appeared in scholarly journals, including ?Education Finance and Policy and Education Next. He has presented his work on teachers’ ?pensions at several major academic conferences including the meetings of the American ?Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, the Association for Education ?Finance and Policy, and the American Statistical Association.? In addition to academic pursuits, Josh has also been actively working to influence state policy. ?Most recently, Josh worked with the Commissioner of Education in Arkansas to change the way ?school growth is measured for accountability. Josh received both his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial ?Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Published Articles & Media

  • The True Teacher-Experience Premium
    Backloading teachers’ pensions substantially increases the compensation of experienced teachers relative to younger teachers.
  • When the Best is Mediocre
    Developed countries far outperform our most affluent suburbs
  • Our Reply to the Civil Rights Project’s Response
    We are pleased that the authors of the Civil Rights Project (CRP) report on racial segregation in charter schools have chosen to respond to our reanalysis of the 2007-08 data. This dialogue is important as we attempt to move toward the most appropriate analytic strategies for this question. However, we take issue with three points made (or not made) in the CRP response.
  • A Closer Look at Charter Schools and Segregation
    Flawed comparisons lead to overstated conclusions
  • Torturing the Charter Schools Until They Confess
    Earlier this year the UCLA-based Civil Rights Project (CRP), jumped on the anti-charter bandwagon when it released “Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards.” This was, in my view, just the latest salvo in a continuing barrage of assaults against charter schools by critics of choice. Sadly, this report received lots of uncritical publicity in major media outlets, despite obviously flawed analyses.

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