Alec Gershberg

Alec Ian Gershberg is Associate Professor at the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University and Affiliated Faculty of the Graduate Program in International Affairs. In 2004-2005 he was on leave as Senior Education Economist at the World Bank. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has previously served as a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a visiting  professor at the Stanford University School of Education and El Colégio de Mexico.


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Economy, Education


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Alec Ian Gershberg is Associate Professor at the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University and Affiliated Faculty of the Graduate Program in International Affairs. In 2004-2005 he was on leave as Senior Education Economist at the World Bank. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has previously served as a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a visiting  professor at the Stanford University School of Education and El Colégio de Mexico.

He teaches primarily courses on education policy, international development, and public finance. He has conducted extensive research and policy analysis on education reform in developing countries - primarily Latin America, Egypt, and Romania - as well as in the U.S.

His specific expertise is in educational governance, the economics of education, education finance and budgeting, accountability, parental and community participation, inter-governmental relations and decentralization.  His recent publications include Beyond "Bilingual" Edcation: New Immigrants and Public School Policies in California (Urban Institute Press, 2004); "Parental Contributions, School-level Finances and Decentralization: An Analysis of Nicaraguan Autonomous School Budgets” in Comparative Education; and “Empowering Parents While Making Them Pay: Autonomous Schools and Education Reform Processes in Nicaragua,” in Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson, eds., Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: The Politics of Health and Education Reform in Latin America, Woodrow Wilson Center Press with Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

His work has appeared in journals such as Economics of Education Review, World Development; National Tax Journal, and Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies (RURDS). He received his M.A. and PhD. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a B.A. with dual honors in Literature & Society and American Civilization from Brown University in 1986.

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