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Opinions

Finding the Best Teachers for Post-Pandemic Schools (August 26, 2022)

Nobody is talking about schools resuming completely to normal this fall, but the economic problems caused by the pandemic would not be solved even if they did.

Permanent Economic Damage from Learning Losses (September 18, 2020)

Unless schools actually get better than they were in 2019, existing research indicates this will lead to permanently lower future earnings.

Costs of Past and Future Learning Losses (September 09, 2020)

For the United States, the already accrued learning losses are expected to amount to $14.2 trillion, and would grow if schools are unable to restart quickly.

Recent Publications

Testing. (with Annika B. Bergbauer and Ludger Woessmann). Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Long-run Trends in the U.S. SES-Achievement Gap. (with Jacob Light, Paul E. Peterson, Laura M. Talpey, and Ludger Woessmann). Education Finance and Policy, forthcoming.
Performance Information and Personnel Decisions in the Public Sector: The Case of School Principals. (with Julie Berry Cullen, Gregory Phelan, and Steven G. Rivkin). Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Patience, Risk-Taking, and Human Capital Investment across Countries. (with Lavinia Kinne, Philipp Lergetporer, and Ludger Woessmann). Economic Journal, 132 (646), 2022, pp. 2290-2307.
The Basic Skills Gap. (with Ludger Woessmann). Finance & Development, 59(2), 2022, pp. 50-53.