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Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor

Dr. Joshua Goodman is an associate professor of education and of economics at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, where he works on the economics of education policy. His research applies causal inference methods to large quantitative data sets, to provide rigorous evidence on the impacts of education policies. His work focuses on a variety of education policy issues, including: the determinants and consequences of college choice; the effects of secondary math coursework; the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on public schools; and the role of stressors in student learning. Much of his policy-related work is done as a faculty affiliate of the Wheelock Educational Policy Center (WEPC).

Professor Goodman spent the 2022–23 academic year on leave from BU Wheelock to serve as a senior economist on the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. Before he joined BU, he was a faculty member at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and at Brandeis University. Previously, Professor Goodman was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, Massachusetts, before starting his PhD.

Professor Goodman’s work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Amerian Economic Review: Insights, 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 co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources and is an affiliate of NBER, CESifo, and IZA. He is on the board of directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP). He co-authored a 2023 National Academies of Sciences report on helping children recover from the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on educational outcomes.

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PhD, Economics, Columbia University

MPhil, Education, Cambridge University

BA, Physics, Harvard University

AP 660 - Economics of Education Policy

RS 753 - Causal Design in Education Research

Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Joshua Goodman, Jennifer Greif Green, and Melissa K. Holt. 2022. “The COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupted Both School Bullying and Cyberbullying.” American Economic Review: Insights 4(3) 353-370.

Altmejd, Adam, Andres Barrios-Fernandez, Marin Drlje, Joshua Goodman, Michael Hurwitz, Dejan Kovac, Christine Mulhern, Christopher Neilson, and Jonathan Smith. 2021. “O Brother, Where Start Thou? Sibling Spillovers on College and Major Choice in Four Countries.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 136(3): 1831-1886.

Bacher-Hicks, Andrew, Joshua Goodman, and Christine Mulhern. 2021. “Inequality in Household Adaptation to Schooling Shocks: COVID-Induced Online Learning Engagement in Real Time.” Journal of Public Economics 193: 104345.

Park, Jisung, Joshua Goodman, Michael Hurwitz, and Jonathan Smith. 2020. “Heat and Learning.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 12(2): 306–339.

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

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