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 school finance, educator compensation and human resource policy in schools.
He serves on the board of editors of several academic journals including Education Finance and Policy and Education Next, advisory boards for various statistical agencies, research institutes, and education organizations, and was a fellow of the George W.Bush Institute from 2010–2013. He is a co-investigator at the National Center on Performance Incentives at Vanderbilt University, and the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research at AIR, two national research centers funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.