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Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies
Helen F. Ladd is the Edgar T. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics at Duke University. She is a member of the management team of the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), and the co-editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. With Edward Fiske, she is the editor of the American Education Finance Association’s Handbook of Research on Educational Finance and Policy.
During the past few years she has written articles on charter schools, school-based accountability, market-based reforms in education, parental choice and competition, the effects of HUD’s Moving to Opportunity Program on educational opportunities and outcomes, and a series of papers on teacher quality and student achievement. Currently, she is continuing her research on teacher labor markets and teacher quality. Professor Ladd has also written extensively on the fiscal implications of growth, property taxation, education finance, tax and expenditure limitations, intergovernmental aid, state economic development, and the fiscal problems of U.S cities.
From 1996-99 Professor Ladd co-chaired a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Education Finance. She has also been active in the National Tax Association and the Association for Public Policy and Management, and has consulted on tax policy and intergovernmental relations for all three levels of government. She has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a senior research fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. With the support of two Fulbright grants, she spent time in New Zealand studying that country’s education system and doing similar research in South Africa.
She graduated with a B.A. degree from Wellesley College, received a master''s degree from the London School of Economics and earned her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.