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The Economic Impact of Good Schools(May 03, 2016)

Education policy in the U.S. is in transition. The policy directions of states will have a great impact on the future of each state’s economic development. And here the business community can significantly affect the future, essentially by promoting its own self-interest.

The knowledge capital imperative(January 28, 2016)

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted an aggressive development agenda that included 17 separate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) designed to guide investment and development over the next 15 years. Two of these assume particular importance because they will determine whether or not the other 15 can be achieved.

Can Schools Be Saved? Hope and Despair(December 30, 2015)

Improved education is the key to the future for the U.S., as our economy depends on having a highly skilled workforce. Over the past five years, my sense of hope and optimism has actually overtaken despair with U.S. schools. First, there is now broad recognition that quality teachers can lead to revitalized schools that are competitive internationally. Second, there is a new willingness by legislatures in a majority of states to push actively for more flexibility in hiring, paying, and retaining teachers and for improved teacher evaluations so that we identify the teachers that we want to nurture and retain.

Recent Publications

General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Life-Cycle. (with Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann, and Lei Zhang). Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Education and the Nation's Future. In George P. Shultz (ed.), Blueprint for America, Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2016, pp. 89-108.
It Pays to Improve School Quality. (with Jens Ruhose and Ludger Woessmann). Education Next, 16(3), Summer, Summer 2016, pp. 16-24.
School human capital and teacher salary policies. Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 1(1), 2016, pp. 23-40.