Nada O Eissa


Associate Professor


McCourt School of Public Policy
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Nada Eissa is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). From 2005-2007, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy. Previously, she was on the economics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, a National Fellow of the NBER, a visiting economist at the IMF and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Professor Eissa’s research examines how tax and transfer policy affects work and family formation decisions, and in turn what these behavioral responses imply for how programs should be designed. Her work has been published in major economics journals, and widely cited in the media. Her current research has expanded into education; including evaluating the Washington D.C. Scholarship Program, the first federally-funded school-voucher program in the United States; and the impact of school choice on academic performance in public schools.

Professor Eissa is a recipient of the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Government Finance and Taxation (1995). She is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.


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  • Ph.D. (1995) Harvard University, Economics
  • M.A. (1992) Harvard University, Economics
  • B.A. (1988) University of California, Berkeley, Economics


  • Arabic (speak, read)