John F. Kain

Dr. John F. Kain initiated the Texas Schools Project in 1992 while a visiting professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. With John's death in 2003, the academic community lost both a remarkable visionary and loyal friend. The Texas Schools Project team is committed to preserving Johnís legacy by building upon his foundational work.

Click on the links below to view John Kain tributes:


Dr. Quigley's Comments (75 MB)

Dr. Glaeser's Comments (95 MB)

Dr. Hanushek's Comments (111 MB)

Dr. Ladd's Comments (83 MB)

Dr. Ingram's Comments (120 MB)

Closing Comments (33 MB)

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The unifying theme of John's lifelong work: Access to Opportunity

John received his A.B. from Bowling Green State University in 1957 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of California at Berkeley in 1961. Before joining the UT Dallas faculty in 1996, John was the Henry Lee Professor of Economics and Professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard University, where he taught for 35 years.

For a period of six years, 1975 to 1981, John served as Chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning in Harvard's Graduate School of Design and John F. Kennedy School of Government and, from 1988 to 1991, he served as Chairman of Harvard's Economics Department. In his lifetime, John wrote extensively on urban economics, housing markets, racial discrimination and transportation. His books include The Urban Transportation Problem, Housing Markets and Racial Discrimination: A Micro-Economic Analysis and Housing and Neighborhood Dynamics: A Simulation Study.

Before his death, John was the Cecil and Ida Green Chair for the Study of Science and Society and Director of the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society at UT Dallas. He was also Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Economy at UT Dallas.

Page last updated on July 27, 2012.