Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Education & Economics
Program Director, Doctoral Studies

Joshua Goodman

Dr. Joshua Goodman is an associate professor of education and economics at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, where he works as an applied microeconomist on labor economics and education policy. He is also affiliated faculty with the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC). As of August 1, 2022, Dr. Goodman is on a one-year leave to serve as senior economist on President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Dr. Goodman’s work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, AER: Insights, AEJ: Applied Economics, AEJ: Economic Policy, and the Journal of Labor Economics. 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 a coeditor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) and a board member of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), and is a research fellow of NBER and CESifo.

Before joining BU, Dr. Goodman was associate professor of economics at Brandeis University and associate professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to starting his PhD, he was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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

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PhD, Economics, Columbia University

MPhil, Education, Cambridge University

BA, Physics, Harvard University

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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