Eric A. Hanushek

Stanford University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University

Research interest

Education, economic growth, class size, teacher quality, accountability, achievement gaps, equity in education, efficiency in education, school finance, higher education

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Commissioner, Equity and Excellence Commission, US Department of Education, 2011–2013; Board of Directors National Board for Education Sciences, 2004–2010 (Chair 2008–2010); Deputy Director, Congressional Budget Office, 1983–1985

Past positions

Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of Rochester, 1978-2000; Chairman, Executive Board, Texas Schools Project, University of Texas at Dallas, 2003-present; Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University


PhD Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected publications

  • "The economics of schooling: Production and efficiency in public schools." Journal of Economic Literature 24:3 (1986): 1141-1177.

  • "The trade-off between child quantity and quality." Journal of Political Economy 100:1 (1992): 84-117.

  • "Schooling, labor force quality, and the growth of nations." American Economic Review 90:5 (2000): 1184-1208 (with D. D. Kimko).

  • "Teachers, schools, and academic achievement." Econometrica 73:2 (2005): 417-458 (with G. Rivkin and J. F. Kain).

  • "Do better schools lead to more growth? Cognitive skills, economic outcomes, and causation." Journal of Economic Growth 17:4 (2012): 267-321 (with L. Woessmann).