Sean Corcoran
Associate Professor of Educational Economics


  • P-12 finance and operations
  • School choice
  • Teacher quality

Sean P. Corcoran is an associate professor of educational economics at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and an affiliated faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and NYU Institute for Education and Social Policy. Corcoran earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. His published papers have examined long-running trends in teacher quality; the impact of income inequality and school finance reform on the level and equity of education funding in the U.S.; the properties of value-added measures of teacher effectiveness; and the high school choices of middle school students in New York City. Corcoran serves on the editorial boards of the Education Finance and Policy and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journals. He has been a visiting scholar in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation and a visiting scholar at the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University. Corcoran was recently appointed to the research committee of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.