An economist with broad interests in education and training in the U.S. and abroad, Wagner’s research and professional engagements concern patterns and trends in knowledge and skill profiles as shaped by education policies (governance, accountability, finance) and also relevant policies adopted within labor, social welfare, economic development, finance and trade policy portfolios. Professor Wagner previously held a senior position in the Directorate for Education, Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and was on the faculty at Purdue University. He is author or co-author of articles in Economics of Education Review, European Journal of Education, Higher Education Management, International Encyclopedia of Education, Journal of Human Resources, and Lavoro e relazioni industriali, entries in a number of edited books, and commissioned reports.
Wagner has served on advisory bodies to several organizations, among which the World Bank, UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education, the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the U.S. Department of Education, and held leadership and board positions in the Comparative and International Education Society and the Capital Area School Development Association and its Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center. At the University at Albany, Professor Wagner served as chair of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership.