Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach


  • Accountability
  • Class size and structure
  • Data and statistics
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • ESEA
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Poverty
  • Research and methodology
  • Small schools

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health and income support policies. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. Her research has received financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation and the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Public Economics, and other outlets. Schanzenbach is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Institute for Research on Poverty and is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. From 2002 to 2004, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar in health policy research at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently the director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.