Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Education and Economics
Program Director for Doctoral Studies

Joshua Goodman is an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Boston University, where he works as an applied microeconomist on labor economics and education policy.

Dr. Goodman’s work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as AEJ: Applied Economics, AEJ: Economic Policy, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It has been cited in multiple White House reports and featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He serves as co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) and is a research fellow of NBER and CESifo. Dr. Goodman is affiliated faculty with the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC)

Prior to joining BU, Dr. Goodman was an Associate Professor of Economics at Brandeis University and before that an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has a B.A. in physics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in education from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, MA.

For more information on Dr. Goodman and his work, please visit his website.

Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, 2009

M.Phil. in Education from Cambridge University, 2001

B.A. in Physics from Harvard University, 2000

Economics of Education


Dr. Goodman's research focuses on quasi-experimental estimation of the impacts of educational interventions. His overarching goal is to provide rigorous quantitative evidence that illuminates how schools and labor markets work, particularly with respect to postsecondary and STEM education.

Heat and Learning (2020) AEJ: Economic Policy, 12(2): 306–339 (with Jisung Park, Michael Hurwitz and Jonathan Smith) 

Take Two! SAT Retaking and College Enrollment Gaps (2020) AEJ: Economic Policy, 12(2): 115–158 (with Oded Gurantz and Jonathan Smith)

The Labor of Division: Returns to Compulsory High School Math Coursework (2019) Journal of Labor Economics, 37(4): 1141-1182 

Can Online Delivery Increase Access to Education? (2019) Journal of Labor Economics, 37 (1): 1-34 (with Julia Melkers and Amanda Pallais)

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