Joshua Goodman

Assistant Professor in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Joshua S. Goodman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, teaches empirical methods and the economics of education. His research interests include labor and public economics, with a particular focus on education policy. His two main strands of research focus on the relationship between financial aid, college choice and degree completion; and the impact of various forms of math education on student achievement, educational attainment and earnings. Goodman received a BA in physics from Harvard University, an MPhil in education from Cambridge University, and a PhD in economics from Columbia University. Prior to starting his PhD, he was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, MA.



  • SUP-427 Analyzing Education Policy


  • SUP-150Y Seminar:Social and Urban Policy


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Cohodes, Sarah R., and Joshua S. Goodman. "Merit Aid, College Quality, and College Completion: Massachusetts' Adams Scholarship as an In-Kind Subsidy." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 6.4 (October 2014): 251-285.
    • Goodman, Joshua. "The Wages of Sinistrality: Handedness, Brain Structure, and Human Capital Accumulation." Journal of Economic Perspectives 28.4 (Fall 2014): 193-212.
    • Cortes, Kalena, and Joshua Goodman. "Ability-Tracking, Instructional Time, and Better Pedagogy: The Effect of Double-Dose Algebra on Student Achievement." American Economic Review 104.5 (May 2014).
    • Goodman, Joshua, and Adam Levitin. "Bankruptcy Law and the Cost of Credit: The Impact of Cramdown on Mortgage Interest Rates." Journal of Law and Economics 57.1 (February 2014): 139-158.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith, and Julia Fox. "The Relationship Between Siblings’ College Choices: Evidence from One Million SAT-Taking Families." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-043, September 2014.
    • Castleman, Benjamin, and Joshua Goodman. "Intensive College Counseling and the College Enrollment Choices of Low Income Students." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-031, July 2014.
    • Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, and Jonathan Smith. "College Access, Initial College Choice and Degree Completion." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-030, February 2015 (Revised from June 2014).
    • Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, and Jonathan Smith. "Sibling (Non) Rivalry: The Relationship Between Siblings' College Choices." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-028, June 2014.
    • Dougherty, Shaun M., Joshua S. Goodman, Darryl V. Hill, Erica G. Litke, and Lindsay C. Page. "Middle School Math Acceleration and Equitable Access to 8th Grade Algebra: Evidence from the Wake County Public School System." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-029, June 2014.

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