Eric (Rick) Hanushek
- Current Position
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution of Stanford University
- Board Term
- October 2019 - September 2023
- Board Category
- Testing and Measurement Expert
- Representative Board Activities
- Member — Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Economics
B.S. U.S. Air Force Academy – Distinguished Graduate
Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a recognized leader in the economic analysis of education issues, and his research has had broad influence on education policy in both developed and developing countries.
Dr. Hanushek is the author of numerous widely cited studies on the effects of class size reduction, school accountability, teacher effectiveness, and other topics. He was the first to research teacher effectiveness by measuring students’ learning gains, which formed the conceptual basis for using value-added measures to evaluate teachers and schools, now a widely adopted practice.
Dr. Hanushek’s recent book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth, summarizes his research establishing the close links between countries’ long-term rates of economic growth and the skill levels of their populations. His current research analyzes why some countries’ school systems consistently perform better than others. He has written or edited 24 books along with more than 250 articles.