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 Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 16983
David Blazar, Wenjing Gao, Seth Gershenson, Ramon Goings, Francisco Lagos
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
published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2024, 42 (2): 305-318
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15548
Victoria Hunter Gibney, Kristine L. West, Seth Gershenson
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2023, 51, 247-275
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
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
published in: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2022, 14 (4), 300-342
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10459
published in: Education Finance and Policy, 2020, 15(3): 457-486.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10165
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2020, 102(2): 234-251.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10091
published in: Journal of Economic Geography, 2018, 18(3): 663-685.
  • 1
  • 2