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Leanna Stiefel Bio

Leanna Stiefel, Professor of Economics at the Wagner Graduate School and Professor of Economics and Education Policy at the Steinhardt School, NYU, specializes in research on school finance and education policy. She is author of Statistical Analysis for Public and Non-Profit Managers (1990), co-author of Measuring School Performance and Efficiency (2005) and of The Measurement of Equity in School Finance (1984). Currently she is studying the academic performance of immigrant students in New York City, the costs and benefits of small versus large high schools, and the effects of school organization (especially grade span differences) on student performance and racial performance gaps. Her published work has appeared in numerous journals, such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Human Resources, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy and Economics of Education Review and her research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation among others.  She is past president of the American Education Finance Association, past policy council member of APPAM, and a governor of the New York State Education Finance Research Consortium.