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Eric Hanushek

Stanford University

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Eric Hanushek is the Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a leader in the development of economic analysis on educational issues. He has authored numerous studies on the effects of class size reduction, high stakes accountability, the assessment of teacher qualifications, and other education related topics. Most recently, Hanushek shows that the quality of education is closely related to national economic growth. His latest book, "The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth", identifies the close link between the skills of people and the economic growth of the nation and shows the economic impact of high quality schools. His prior book, "Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School", considers the performance of U.S. schools from an international perspective and identifies the costs of not improving student outcomes. He is chairman of the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the area coordinator for Economics of Education of the CESifo Research Network, and a research fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. He recently served as a commissioner on the Equity and Excellence Commission of the U.S. Department of Education. He was chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences during 2008-2010 and was Deputy Director of the Congressional Budget Office from 1983-85. Eric is a member of the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education and also a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and the American Education Research Association. He was awarded the Fordham Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in 2004.