Richard Sousa

Research Fellow
Biography: 

Richard Sousa is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Hoover IP2 steering committee. He was the Institution’s senior associate director until 2014; simultaneously, he was director of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives from 2007 to 2012.

Sousa, an economist, specializes in K–12 education, labor economics, discrimination issues, and intellectual property. He coauthored School Figures: The Data behind the Debate (Hoover Institution Press, 2003). Using facts and figures, this volume provides a concise and understandable analysis of the state of K–12 education in the United States.

He is coeditor of What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools (Education Next Books, 2014), a volume that examines the current state of America’s K–12 education landscape and offers suggestions for improvement. He is also coeditor of Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford (Hoover Institution Press, 2009), an early assessment of what the Obama administration faced and how it was reacting to the economic crisis of 2008–09.

His op-eds and articles have appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the country including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Dallas Morning News, and Forbes.

As director of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, Sousa was intimately involved in securing major acquisitions, including the Chiang Kai-shek diaries; the William Rehnquist papers; the Georgian, Estonian, and Lithuanian KGB files; and the Ba’th Party Papers of the Iraq Memory Foundation. He initiated major facilities upgrades to the archives preservation and conservation labs, the library processing room, and the archives reading room.

Sousa was director of the Institution’s Diplomat Training Program, which ran from 1990 through 1995. He was also responsible for launching the Institution’s major communications initiatives: the Institution’s web site, Hoover DigestEducation Next, Policy Review, Hoover Weekly Essays, Facts on Policy series, and Uncommon Knowledge.

Before coming to Hoover in 1990, Sousa was an economist at the RAND Corporation, Welch Consulting, and Unicon Research Corporation; he has taught economics and statistics at UCLA and has testified in class action legal cases. Sousa was a senior consultant to the Soong Family Archives and Research Center at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Sousa holds degrees in economics from Boston College and UCLA.

His research papers are available in the Hoover Institution Archives.

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Homework Pays Off

by Richard Sousa, Hanna Skanderavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Hoover fellows Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa on the correlation between homework and academic performance.

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Learning at Home

by Richard Sousa, Hanna Skanderavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Home education is the fastest growing alternative to public schooling—and a good one at that. By Hoover fellows Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa.

Public School Teacher Educational Attainment, 1961-1996

What Makes a Good Teacher?

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Over the past 30 years public school teachers have been receiving more education—yet student achievement scores continue to languish. What has gone wrong? By Hoover fellows Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa.

Live From Rio

by Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

SIDEBAR to Lula’s Moment.

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Lula’s Moment

by Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Brazil has suffered economic and political stagnation for a quarter of a century. Will the nation’s charismatic new president be able to make a difference? By Hoover fellows Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, and Hoover senior associate director Richard Sousa.SIDEBAR: Live from Rio

Iowa Test of Basic Skills Performance: Chicago Public Schools, 1997 and 1999

Smaller Is Better

by Richard Sousa, Hanna Skanderavia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 2003

The evidence is coming in: Smaller schools produce results. By Hoover fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover senior associate director Richard Sousa.

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School Figures: The Data behind the Debate

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

School Figures presents the most recent statistics, along with historical trends and cross-sectional comparisons, and thus provides a clear, factual picture of today's educational landscape.

Understanding the Brazilian Elections
Analysis and Commentary

Understanding the Brazilian Elections

by Stephen Haber, Herbert S. Klein, Richard Sousavia Providence Journal
Monday, December 16, 2002

The overwhelming success of Lula and the Workers Party is a consequence of decades of stalled growth and failed promises.

Can Money Buy Better Schools?

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Is spending more money the way to improve our public schools? In a word, no. By Hoover fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.

Mobility and the Achievement Gap

by Hanna Skandera, Richard Sousavia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 30, 2002

High rates of school mobility help explain the persistent gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students. By Hoover fellow Hanna Skandera and Hoover associate director Richard Sousa.

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