Professor Eric A. Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a globally recognised leader in the economic analysis of education issues and his research has influenced education policy around the world. His widely-cited research spans key areas of policy, including the economic value of teacher quality, the financing of schools, and the role of education in economic growth. His book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations: Education and the Economics of Growth links countries’ economic growth rates and the skill levels of their populations. He shows that it’s how much students learn — and not how many years they spend in school — that boosts economies; reframing world development goals to focus on the quality of education and learning outcomes. He has authored or edited 24 books, along with over 250 articles. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2021, he was awarded the prestigious international Yidan Prize for Education Research.