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Eric A. Hanushek, PhD Biography

Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"

“[E]arly, and effectively irreversible, decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.

Teacher tenure, and the related onerous and costly requirements for dismissing an ineffective teacher, have evolved into a system that almost completely insulates teachers from review, evaluation, or personnel decisions that would threaten their lifetime employment. Research shows that this results in serious harm both to individual students and to society, because a small number of grossly ineffective teachers are retained in our schools.”

“More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone,” New York Times, June 11, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Council of Academic Advisers, American Enterprise Institute, 2013-present
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2013-present
  • Area coordinator, CESifo Research Network, 2008-present
  • Management Team Member, Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2008-present
  • Research Professor, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of
    Munich, 2006-present

  • Chairman of Executive Board, Texas Schools Project, University of Texas at
    Dallas, 2003-present

  • Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2000-present
  • Member, Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, Hoover Institution at Stanford
    University, 1999-present

  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1995-present
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Council of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, 2006-2008
  • Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of Rochester, 1978-2000
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Institution for Social and
    Policy Studies at Yale University, 1975-1978

  • Lecturer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Reston Campus), 1974
  • Associate Professor of Economics, US Air Force Academy, 1968-1973
  • Research Associate, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
    University, 1970-1971
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1968
  • BS, US Air Force Academy, 1965
  • Expert Witness, Vergara et al. v. State of California et al., 2014
  • Co-Editor, CESifo Economic Studies, 2013-present
  • Member, Education Reform Advisory Group, George W. Bush Institute, 2010-present
  • Director, GreatSchools, 2010-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Human Capital, 2007-present
  • Member, Review Board for Broad Prize for Urban Education, 2007-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Education Finance and Policy, 2005-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Economics of Education Review, 1982-present
  • Advisory Editor, Social Science Research, 1978-present
  • Member of Committee on Scientific Principles of Education Research, National
    Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, 2000-2001

  • Editorial Board Member, Education Next, 2000-present
  • Member, Committee on National Statistics, National Academy of
    Sciences/National Research Council, 1992-1998

  • Chairman, Panel on the Economics of Educational Reform (PEER), 1990-1994
  • Consultant, Mathematica Policy Research, 1977-1983
  • Member, Mayor’s Task Force on Education, New Haven, CT, 1976-1978
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?