Douglas N. Harris Professor Tulane University Department of Economics

Douglas N. Harris

Professor and Department Chair of Economics
Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education
302 Tilton Memorial Hall


Douglas N. Harris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, the Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education, Director of both the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) and Director of the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH), all at Tulane University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has published his work on the education of education policy in the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Economics of Education Review, and the general interest journal, Science, among many others. He is author of the book, Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education (University of Chicago Press, 2020). His first book, Value-Added Measures in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2011), was nominated for the national Grawemeyer prize in education. With nearly 100 journal articles and other publications, and $28 million in research grants, his research also has a practical impact on a wide variety of K-12 and higher education policy issues. He has advised governors in six states, testified in the U.S. Senate, and advised the U.S. Department of Education and Obama White House on multiple education policies. His work is also widely cited in national media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, and NPR.

Research fields

Economics of education



Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education. 2020. University of Chicago Press.

Value-Added Measures in Education. 2011. Harvard Education Press. Nominated for the National Grawemeyer Award in Education.



  • The Market for Schooling: Choice, Charter Schools, and Vouchers
  • Teacher Labor Markets, Productivity Measurement, and Incentive Design
  • Test-Based Accountability
  • Financial Aid and Other Student Incentives for College Entry and Completion
  • Research Methods: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods