About Michael Podgursky

Michael Podgursky is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he served as department chair from 1995-2005. His research focuses on the economics of education. He has written many articles in the area, with a primary focus on teacher labor markets and teacher compensation. He serves on the board of editors of Education Finance and Policy, Peabody Journal of Education, and advisory boards for various statistical agencies and research institutes, and is a co-investigator at the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at the Urban Institute and the National Center for Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University, two national research centers funded by the Institute on Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

podgursky michaelHe also serves as a fellow in education policy at the George W. Bush Institute. Dr. Podgursky has published many articles and reports on teacher compensation, teacher quality, and teacher labor markets, and co-authored a book, Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality. Dr. Podgursky earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Current Employment

Missouri LogoProfessor of Economics
University of Missouri - Columbia
Fall 1995 – Present

Visiting Professor of Economics
Saint Louis University, 2013-2014


Ph.D., Univiersity of Wisconsin - Madison, 1980
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1976
B.A., Cum Laude, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1974

Current Papers

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Current Classes

2013-2014 Courses

  • Economics 1051H, Section 01 - General Economics Honors
  • Economics 4345, Section 01 - Economics of Education