Richard J. Murnane
Richard J. Murnane is an economist and the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Murnane's research examines the respects in which the growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children. He and Greg J. Duncan co-edited Whither Opportunity and cowrote Restoring Opportunity. One of Murnane's current projects (with Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon) examines whether trends in the use of different types of private schools by low- and higher-income families contributed to the recent increase in income-based gaps in educational outcomes. He received his PhD from Yale University.