Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department
Areas of Expertise: Education Economics and Health Economics
Michael Kurtz's primary research interest is in education economics. Specifically, he studies how to measure teaching effectiveness and how those measures can be used to their full potential without overstating the inference gained. His research on education intersects with health economics with his work on understanding how weekend nutrition affects scholastic outcomes such as test scores, absences and behavioral incidents.
When not studying and teaching economics, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, cooking, running, woodworking, and volunteering with a group called the Habitat Road Trip Crazies (a group of about 200 people who travel the East Coast organizing and participating in blitz builds for Habitat for Humanity affiliates).