Eric A. Hanushek

Eric A. Hanushek
Eric A. Hanushek
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution of Stanford University

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is internationally recognized for his economic analysis of educational issues, and his research has had broad influence on education policy in both developed and developing countries. In 2021, he received the Yidan Prize for Education Research. His widely-cited studies span such topics as the effects of class size reduction, school accountability, teacher effectiveness, and the economic returns to school quality.

He has authored or edited twenty-four books and over 250 articles. 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. (

Research Interest

His research centers on the economic analysis of educational issues with special emphasis on the determinants of student achievement. Specific analyses include the importance of teacher quality, the impacts of high stakes accountability, and the value of class size reduction. Recent work has also focused on the economic value, both to individuals and to nations, of cognitive skills.


--Chairman, Executive Committee, Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas
--Research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
--Research fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics
--Area coordinator, Economics of Education, CESifo Research Network



The Education of Negroes and Whites (M.I.T., 1968)


"The Failure of Input-based Schooling Policies," Economic Journal 113, February 2003, pp. F64-F98.

"Teachers, Schools, and Academic Achievement," (with Steven G. Rivkin and John F. Kain) Econometrica 73(2), March 2005, pp. 417-458

"The Role of Cognitive Skills in Economic Development" (with Ludger Woessmann), Journal of Economic Literature 46(3), September 2008, pp. 607-668.

The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth (with Ludger Woessmann), MIT Press, 2015.

Contact Information

Hoover Institution
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6010
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