Marguerite Roza


Research Professor
Director, Edunomics Lab


McCourt School of Public Policy
General profile



Dr. Roza's research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She’s led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid response Paper Series. More recently she served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education. Dr. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?

Selected Appointments:
• Center on Reinventing Public Education, Senior Fellow (2003 to present)
• The Brookings Institute, Non-Resident Senior Fellow (2009 to present)
• Education Sector, Non-Resident Senior Fellow (2005 to present)
• Advisor to Chancellor Joel Klein on proposed finance model (2006)
• Board of Directors and Teaching Faculty for Rice University REEP (Education Entrepreneurs MBA program)
• Seattle Superintendent’s Community Advisory Group on District Finance (2005-06)
• Consultant to Philadelphia Mayor’s Education Advisory Task Force (2006-present)
• Advisor to Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction (2007)
• Texas Public Education Legislative Roundtable, Recommendations for State Policy (2007)


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  • Ph.D. and Masters (1995) University of Washington, Education
  • B.S. (1988) Duke University, Math, Economics emphasis