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Helen F. Ladd

Senior Research Fellow
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Helen F. Ladd is the Susan B. King Professor Emerita of Public Policy and Economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. With colleagues at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, she has used rich longitudinal administrative data from North Carolina to study school segregation, teacher labor markets, teacher quality, charter schools, and early childhood programs. With her husband, Edward Fiske, she has written books and articles on education reform efforts in New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, and England. Ladd is the co-author or co-editor of 12 books. These include Holding Schools Accountable: Performance-Based Reform in Education (Brookings Institution, 1996); The Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (2008 and second edition 2015); Educational Goods, Values, Evidence and Decision Making (University of Chicago Press, 2018); and books on school reform in New Zealand and South Africa. From 1996–99 she co-chaired a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Education Finance. From 2016–2017, she served as a member of a National Academy study on early childcare and education, and she recently served as a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Commission on Access to Sound and Basic Education.