Helen Ladd

Helen Ladd is the Susan B. King professor of public policy and professor of economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Most of her current research focuses on education policy. She is particularly interested in various aspects of school accountability, education finance, teacher labor markets, and school choice.

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The fiscal externalities of charter schools: Evidence from North Carolina

A significant criticism of the charter school movement is that funding for charter schools diverts money away from traditional public...


The US charter school movement should learn from England’s academy system

As charter schools celebrate 25 years as part of the U.S. public education system, there has been a dramatic shift...


Self-governing schools, parental choice, and the public interest

Editor’s Note: This article has been excerpted from a keynote address Professor Ladd gave in summer 2014 at a conference on...