Seth Gershenson is Professor of Public Policy in American University’s School of Public Affairs.

He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2011 and a B.S. in Economics from Drexel University in 2005.

His primary research interests are in the economics of education, specifically issues relating to teacher labor markets, parents’ and students’ time use, summer learning loss, the development of character skills, and the role of expectations in the education production function.

Dr. Gershenson’s research has been supported by the W.E. Upjohn Institute, the Spencer Foundation, and the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES). His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, AEJ: Economic Policy, Journal of Public Economics, Economics of Education Review, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 16928
David Blazar, Max Anthenelli, Wenjing Gao, Ramon Goings, Seth Gershenson
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15663
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2023, 93, 102376
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15556
forthcoming in: Contemporary Economic Policy
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15548
Victoria Hunter Gibney, Kristine L. West, Seth Gershenson
forthcoming in: Research in Labor Economics, 2023, 51.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15089
published in: Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice, 2022, 12 (1), Article 4
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14096
published in: Economic Foundations of Education (Educational Foundations, 5), Bloomsbury Publishing, 2023, 135-158.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13291
Adam Tyner, Seth Gershenson
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2020, 78, 102037