Research interests: Applied microeconomic theory, including supply-side issues in higher education, the effects of occupational licensing on labor market discrimination, and the link between residential segregation and educational outcomes.
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy Professor of Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School) Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)
Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.
Research interests: Contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality; intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy; effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations.
Walter H. Gale Professor of Education Director of the Center for Education Policy Research
Research interests: Economist. Kane's work has spanned both K-12 and higher education, covering topics such as the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the earnings impacts of community colleges.
Research interests: What it would take to create high quality schooling at scale, with a particular interest in the professionalization of teaching.
Mehta is currently working on two projects: The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress; and In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction.
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Research Professor of Education and Society
Research interests: Economist. Ways in which growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families, and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children.
William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)
Research interests: Politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and non-cognitive development.
Current projects include studies of public opinion on education policy, the effects of charter school attendance on cognitive and non-cognitive skills, data use in schools, and the influence of relative pay on teacher quality.