Sean P. Corcoran

Current Position: 

Associate Professor of Educational Economics

Sean Corcoran

Sean P. Corcoran (Ph.D Economics, University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Educational Economics at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and an affiliated faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. He has been a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. since 2004, and was selected to be resident visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 2005-06. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Education Finance and Policy and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP).

Professor Corcoran's research focuses on three areas: human capital in the teaching profession, education finance, and school choice. His papers have examined long-run trends in the quality of teachers, the impact of income inequality and court-ordered school finance reform on the level and equity of education funding in the United States, the properties of value-added measures of teacher effectiveness, and the political economy of school choice reforms. In 2009, he led the first evaluation of the Aspiring Principals alternative certification program in New York. While at Stanford, Professor Corcoran will complete several studies on the impact of universal high school choice in New York City.

July, 2012 to July, 2013