Eric Hanushek

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow in Education
Awards and Honors:
National Academy of Education
Biography: 

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at the Hoover Institution. A leader in the development of the economic analysis of educational issues, his research spans the impact on achievement of teacher quality, high-stakes accountability, and class-size reduction. He pioneered measuring teacher quality on the basis of student achievement, the foundation for current research into the value-added evaluations of teachers and schools. His work on school efficiency is central to debates about school finance adequacy and equity; his analyses of the economic impact of school outcomes motivate both national and international educational policy design.

Hanushek is also 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, and area coordinator for Economics of Education with the CESifo Research Network. He formerly served as chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

His latest book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth, identifies the close link between the skills of the people and the economic growth of the nation and shows the economic impact of high quality schools. This analysis is the basis for estimating the economic benefits of a world development standard based on achieving basic skills (Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain). 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. Earlier books include Schoolhouses, Courthouses, and Statehouses, Courting Failure, Handbook on the Economics of Education, The Economics of Schooling and School Quality, Improving America’s Schools, Making Schools Work, Educational Performance of the Poor, and Education and Race, along with numerous widely cited articles in professional journals.

Hanushek previously held academic appointments at the University of Rochester, Yale University, and the US Air Force Academy and served in government as deputy director of Congressional Budget Office. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education along with being 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.

A distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he completed his PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the US Air Force from 1965 to 1974.

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Eric Hanushek: “The Only Way We’ll Have Economic Development In Some Parts Of The World Is To Improve The Schools”

interview with Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Hoover Institution Eric Hanushek talks about how education would increase economic development in some countries around the world.

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The Education Exchange: “The Only Way We’ll Have Economic Development In Some Of The Developing Parts Of The World Is To Improve The Schools”

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, October 4, 2021

The Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Hanushek being awarded the $3.9 million Yidan Prize, honoring individuals or teams that have significantly contributed to the theory and practice of education.

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Education: Professor Eric Hanushek, Dr Rukmini Banerji Awarded 2021 Yidan Prize, World’s Highest Education Accolade

featuring Eric Hanushekvia Vanguard (Nigeria)
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Professor Eric A. Hanushek and Dr Rukmini Banerji have been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize, the world’s highest education accolade, in recognition of their ground-breaking work addressing a crucial piece of the education puzzle: improving quality of education and outcomes for learners at scale.

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Hoover Institution’s Eric Hanushek Wins Prestigious Research Prize

featuring Eric Hanushekvia EdSource
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University whose writings on education economics have held more sway in Texas and abroad than in his own California backyard, is this year’s winner of the Yidan Prize, the most prestigious award for education research.

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Tencent Co-Founder Charles Chen’s Yidan Prize Honors Education Leaders From Stanford, Pratham

featuring Eric Hanushekvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Yidan Prize Foundation, a global philanthropic educational foundation set up by Tencent Holdings co-founder Charles Chen, announced two winners of its 2021 Yidan Prize today.

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Hanushek Is Winner Of $3.9 Million Yidan Prize

featuring Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, September 27, 2021

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a prolific longtime contributor to Education Next, is a winner of the $3.9 million Yidan Prize honoring individuals or teams that have significantly contributed to the theory and practice of education.

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The Education Exchange: “It’s Not How Much You Spend, It’s How You Spend It.”

interview with Paul E. Peterson, Eric Hanushekvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 23, 2021

The Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss two new reports by Hanushek, which focus on incentives for schools to improve learning after the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Kafer: Our Students Have Already Sacrificed Too Much In The Theatre Of Hygiene

featuring Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Denver Post
Monday, August 16, 2021

[Subscription Required] We were actors in a theatre of hygiene. Every morning staff checked students’ temperatures with forehead thermometers as they entered school. Coming in from the cold winter air invariably lowered the digital reading by four or five degrees. Upon arrival, I, too, dutifully took my temperature and recorded it on the staff roster. On paper we all had hypothermia.

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Budgeting During And For Recovery

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Sunday, May 2, 2021

Considerable uncertainty surrounds the overall state of school finance coming out of the pandemic. As unemployment peaked soon after the economic lockdowns that involved most states after March 2020, states became very concerned about the expected future tax revenues, and they began planning a retrenchment in all spending, including that for schools.

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Does The World Change For Teachers?

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Education Success Initiative | The Papers
Friday, April 30, 2021

Schools changed dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is unlikely that they will return fully to the “old normal.” Moreover, the learning losses for current students since March 2020 are likely to follow them over their lifetimes unless schools actually get better.

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