Sean P. Corcoran is an associate professor of educational economics at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and an affiliated faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP). Dr. Corcoran earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2003. Among other things, his research focuses on human capital in the teaching profession, the economics of school choice, and state and local public finance. 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.
Dr. Corcoran serves on the editorial boards of the journals Education Finance and Policy and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and is a former member of the board of directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP). In 2005, he was a visiting scholar in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation, and in 2012-13 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at Stanford. Dr. Corcoran was recently appointed to the research committee of CAEP, the new accreditation body responsible for setting standards of educator preparation in the U.S.