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Economist Doug Harris Joins the Murphy Institute and Economics Department

His research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies.

Douglas Harris is an economist whose research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies such as desegregation, standards, teacher certification, test-based accountability, school choice, privatization, and school finance. His work also focuses on the educational role of factors such as families and neighborhoods and the way in which educational outcomes affect the long-term labor market success of individual students and the overall competitiveness of national economies. In studying these topics, he develops and utilizes innovative research methods, including value-added modeling, mixed methods, and cost analysis. His research is frequently cited in current policy debates and he consults widely on policy matters with organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, RAND, the U.S. Department of Education, and state education agencies. Prior to joining Tulane Unveristy he was an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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