Dale Ballou
Associate Professor


  • Merit pay
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher performance pay
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention

Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1989, Professor Dale Ballou spent several years teaching in a variety of settings, including a middle school in Indiana, an adult education center in New Haven, Conn., and a private boarding school in Massachusetts. From 1989 to 1992 he taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts. As an economist, his research has focused on policies affecting education reform—in particular, the role of incentives and regulation in the training, recruitment, and retention of teachers. His work has appeared in professional economics journals as well as publications for a broader audience like The Public Interest and Education Week. Ballou has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on education issues and has advised the Massachusetts legislature and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on policies related to school financing, teacher licensure, and teacher compensation. His most recent research has dealt with personnel policies in charter schools, teacher testing, and the role of unions in education reform.