Andrew Reschovsky and Eric Hanushek were the featured speakers at the 2012 Finance Symposium held March 22. The two discussed “Funding Public Schools: Where Will We Find the Money and Will Reduced Funding Matter?” in front of approximately 50 attendees.
Andrew Reschovsky is a professor of public affairs and applied economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Mass. He teaches courses on public finance and public policy analysis and has published widely on topics related to school finance, tax policy, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. His current research includes a study of the impact of property taxes on the mobility of elderly homeowners and an analysis of the impact of the housing and economic crisis on the financing of the nation’s largest central cities. He is also working through the World Bank on a study of school financing in developing countries around the world. His most recent articles have appeared in a number of academic journals, including Regional Science and Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, Education Finance & Policy, Public Finance Review, and Public Budgeting and Finance. Professor Reschovsky was awarded the 2011 Steven D. Gold award by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management in recognition of his contributions to state and local fiscal policy. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues. His research spans such diverse areas as the impact of teacher quality, high stakes accountability, equity and efficiency in school finance, and class size reduction along with the role of cognitive skills in international growth and development. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through the growth in student achievement forms the basis for current research into the value-added of teachers and schools. He is 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 a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education. He was recently appointed to the Equity and Excellence Commission of the U.S. Department of Education, and he served as chair of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences during 2008-2010. He is currently the area coordinator for Economics of Education of the CESifo Research Network. Eric earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.