Seth Gershenson is Associate 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 American Educational Research Association and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Economics of Education Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Economics Letters, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and Transportation Research Part A.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 13291
Adam Tyner, Seth Gershenson
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2020, 78, 102037
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12613
Jing Liu, Monica Lee, Seth Gershenson
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2021, 199, 104441
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12201
Alberto Jacinto, Seth Gershenson
published in: American Educational Research Journal, 2021, 58 (3), 635-672.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12158
published in: Educational Researcher, 2020, 49(4): 254-261.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11912
Seth Gershenson, Jessica Rae McBean, Long Tran
published in: M. Gottfried; E. Hutt (eds.): Addressing Absenteeism, Cambridge, MA, 2019, 67-82
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11911
published in: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2021, 43 (2), 183-199.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10630
conditionally accepted, AEJ: Economic Policy, 2021.