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Sean P. Corcoran is Associate Professor of Economics and Education Policy at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is an affiliated faculty of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Senior Technical Advisor for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Corcoran earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2003. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Sacramento (2003-2005) and a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2005-2006). In 2012-13 he was a visitor at the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at Stanford University.

Dr. Corcoran’s research interests are in the Economics of Education, State and Local Public Finance, and Applied Microeconomics. His published papers have examined long-run trends in teacher quality, the impact of income inequality and 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 high school choices of middle school students in New York City. Together with colleagues at NYU, Columbia, and Seton Hall University, he is conducting one of the largest randomized control trials of information supports for school choice ever conducted.

Dr. Corcoran serves on the editorial boards of the journals Education Finance & Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the American Educational Research Journal and is a former member of the board of directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) and the research committee for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).