Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Joshua S. Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, is an applied microeconomist studying human capital and education policy. His work has two major strands, exploring the determinants and long-run impacts of both college choice and STEM coursework. 

His work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Labor Economics, AEJ: Applied Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Human Resources and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It has also been cited in multiple White House reports and featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and on National Public Radio. 

Goodman received a B.A. in physics from Harvard University, an M.Phil. in education from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, MA.



  • SUP-427 Analyzing Education Policy
  • API-115 Econometric Methods for Applied Research II
  • API-202-A Empirical Methods II


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 (May 2016).
    • 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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