Brian Jacob


  • Accountability
  • School choice
  • Teacher quality
  • Urban education

Brian Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg professor of education policy, professor of economics, and professor of education at the University of Michigan. He is co-director of the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) and former director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), as well as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has previously served as a policy analyst in the New York City mayor’s office and taught middle school in East Harlem. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. His current research focuses on school accountability, teacher labor markets and virtual schooling. In 2008, Jacob received the David N. Kershaw Prize, an award given every two years to honor persons under the age of 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago.