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Emulating Germany’s Apprenticeship System Won’t Make America Great Again(June 23, 2017)
We should not delude ourselves into thinking that Trump’s apprenticeship expansion will substitute for our failing K-12 schooling system
German-Style Apprenticeships Simply Can't Be Replicated(June 18, 2017)
Say the words “apprenticeship program” : Young people welcomed by companies that want to train them to become skilled workers. But adapting the German system for the U.S. is little more than a dream.
For Faster Education Progress, We Need to Know What Kids Know(April 14, 2017)

Nobody can realistically improve if they do not know where they stand or what is possible. Throwing more money at the global learning crisis without solid information on the specific challenges facing individual low- and middle-income countries is unlikely to be more successful in the future than in the past.

Recent Publications

Human Capital Quality and Aggregate Income Differences: Development Accounting for U.S. States. (with Jens Ruhose and Ludger Woessmann). American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Forthcoming.
Defining Productivity in Education: Issues and Illustrations. (with Elizabeth Ettema). The American Economist, Forthcoming.
Coping with Change: International Differences in the Returns to Skills. (with Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold, and Ludger Woessmann) . Economic Letters, 153, April 2017, 15-19.
General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Life-Cycle. (with Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann, and Lei Zhang). Journal of Human Resources, 52(1), Winter 2017, pp. 49-88.