Caroline M. Hoxby

Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Caroline M. Hoxby is the Scott and Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University, the Director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Before moving to Stanford, she was the Fried Professor of Economics and a Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. She has been a presidential appointee to the National Board of Education Sciences and currently serves on advisory committees for the government, top policy think tanks, and foundations with an interest in education. A public and labor economist, Hoxby is one of the world’s leading scholars in the Economics of Education. She is especially well known for promoting scientific methods in education research. She is the Principal Investigator of the Expanding College Opportunities project, which has had dramatic effects on low-income, high achievers’ college-going. Some of the other research for which she is best known includes explaining the rising cost of higher education, the effects of school choice and charter schools on student achievement, and the effects of teacher unionization. She also writes on public school finance, peer effects, and how education affects economic growth. Hoxby has a Ph.D. from MIT, studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and obtained her baccalaureate degree from Harvard University.