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Eric Hanushek

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Eric Hanushek

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education
Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow, by courtesy
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Professor of Education, by courtesy
BS, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1965
PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968


Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a recognized leader in the economic analysis of education issues, and his research has had broad influence on education policy in both developed and developing countries. He is the author of numerous widely-cited studies on the effects of class size reduction, school accountability, teacher effectiveness, and other topics. He was the first to research teacher effectiveness by measuring students’ learning gains, which formed the conceptual basis for using value-added measures to evaluate teachers and schools, now a widely adopted practice. His recent book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth summarizes his research establishing the close links between countries’ long-term rates of economic growth and the skill levels of their populations. His current research analyzes why some countries’ school systems consistently perform better than others. He has authored or edited twenty-four books along with over 250 articles. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research Interests: 
Applied Public Finance and Public Policy Analysis, Economics of Education, Education Policy, Education Reform