Helen Ladd
Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics


  • Assessment
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding

Helen F. Ladd is the Susan B. King professor of public policy studies and professor of economics at Duke University. Most of her current research focuses on topics in education policy, including school accountability, parental choice and market-based reforms, charter schools, school finance and teacher labor markets. With colleagues at Duke, she has explored the relationship between teacher credentials and student test scores and the effects of accelerating algebra, school segregation, and of early childhood initiatives. She is currently studying charter schools in North Carolina. She is co-editor of “The Handbook of Research on Educational Finance and Policy,” published by Routledge in 2008 with a second edition in 2015, and is the co-author of books on school choice in New Zealand and school reform in post-apartheid South Africa.  She is a past president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and a member of the National Academy of Education.