Julian Betts


  • Business of education
  • Class size and structure
  • Value-added

Julian Betts is a professor and former chair in the Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the executive director of the San Diego Education Research Alliance at UCSD, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Bren Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. He has written extensively on the link between student outcomes and measures of public school spending. Betts is principal investigator on a multi-year study of magnet elementary schools funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He has also served on several technical review panels for the Department of Education and national advisory committees for the National Charter School Research Center at the University of Washington. Between 1999 and 2008, he also served on the board of directors of The Preuss School, a charter school on the UCSD campus that admits disadvantaged students. Betts also serves as UCSD campus director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center. Betts has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from McGill University, a master’s in economics from Oxford University and a doctorate in economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.