Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Joshua S. Goodman, Associate 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.




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

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, and Jonathan Smith. "Access to Four-Year Public Colleges And Degree Completion." Journal of Labor Economics (2017).
    • Goodman, Joshua. "Skills, Schools, and Credit Constraints: Evidence from Massachusetts." Education Finance and Policy 5.1 (Winter 2010): 36-53.
    • Castleman, Benjamin, and Joshua Goodman. "Intensive College Counseling and the Enrollment and Persistence of Low Income Students." Education Finance and Policy (2016).
    • Goodman, Joshua, Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith, and Julia Fox. "The Relationship Between Siblings' College Choices: Evidence from One Million SAT-Taking Families." Economics of Education Review 48 (October 2015): 75-85.
    • Dougherty, Shaun, Joshua Goodman, Darryl Hill, Erica Litke, and Lindsay Page. "Middle School Math Acceleration and Equitable Access to 8th Grade Algebra: Evidence from the Wake County Public School System." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 37.1 (May 2015): 80S-101S.
    • Goodman, Allen C., Joshua Goodman, Lucas Goodman, and Sarena Goodman. "A Few Goodmen: Surname-Sharing Economist Coauthors." Economic Inquiry 53.2 (April 2015): 1392-1395.
    • Cortes, Kalena, Joshua Goodman, and Takako Nomi. "Intensive Math Instruction and Educational Attainment: Long-Run Impacts of Double-Dose Algebra." Journal of Human Resources 50.1 (Winter 2015): 108-158.
    • Goodman, Joshua. "Who merits financial aid?: Massachusetts' Adams Scholarship." Journal of Public Economics 92 (2008): 2121-2131.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Goodman, Joshua. "The Labor of Division: Returns to Compulsory High School Math Coursework." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-004, Janaury 2017.
    • Goodman, Joshua, Melkers, Julia, and Pallais, Amanda. "Can Online Delivery Increase Access to Education?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-035, September 2016.

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