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. 9978
published in: Teachers College Record, 2016, ID No. 21629.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9956
Jimmy R. Ellis, Seth Gershenson
published in: Labour Economics, 2020, 62.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9887
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2018, 66, 142-153.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9558
Seth Gershenson, Alison Jacknowitz, Andrew Brannegan
published in: Education Finance and Policy, 2017, 12(2): 137-165.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9554
published in: Policy Studies Journal, 2019, 47(4), 1063-1093.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9203
published in: Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2016, 35(3), 615-638
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9202
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2016, 52, 209-224
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8958
published in: Education Finance and Policy, 2018, 13(4), 513-544.