Emma García


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Areas of expertise
Economics of education • Education policy • Quantitative methods • Program evaluation

Emma García was at the Economic Policy Institute from 2013 to 2021, specializing in the economics of education and education policy. Her areas of research include analysis of the production of education (cognitive and noncognitive skills); returns to education; evaluation of educational interventions (early childhood, K–12, and higher education); educational equity; teacher labor markets; human development; international comparative education; and cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis in education. Prior to joining EPI, García held research positions at the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, the Campaign for Educational Equity, the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, and the Community College Research Center, all at Teachers College, Columbia University; and did consulting work for MDRC, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the National Institute for Early Education Research. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.

Ph.D., Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Columbia University
B.A., Economics, Pompeu Fabra University