Ronald Ferguson (economist)

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Ronald F. Ferguson (born 1950) in Cleveland, Ohio is an economist who researches factors that affect educational achievement. Major themes in his work include the race-related achievement gap in the United States and how to improve schools and identify effective teachers.[1]


Ferguson earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]


Ferguson was appointed to Harvard University in 1983.[2]

He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy with a joint appointment to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, and is also affiliated with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.[1][2] He is one of the founders and the current director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.[1][2]


Ferguson's research for the past decade has focused on education and school improvement, with a focus on racial achievement gaps.


  • Ferguson, Ronald M. "Urban Problems and Community Development". Brookings Institution Press; 1999. ISBN 0-8157-1876-4
  • Ferguson, Ronald M. Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap. Harvard Education Press; 2008. ISBN 1-891792-78-4.
  • Ferguson, Ronald. Commentary: What Parents Can Do for their Kids; 17 July 2009.
  • Symonds, William C., Robert B. Schwartz and Ronald Ferguson. Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education; February 2011.


  1. ^ a b c Winerip, Michael. Ronald Ferguson Works to Close Educational Achievement Gap. The New York Times. 13 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ronald Ferguson". Faculty and Staff Directory. Harvard University. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

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