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Achieving Universal Basic Skills (November 04, 2015)

We argue that economic growth is what will ensure the other laudable Sustainable Development Goals and that quality education is the only way to achieve long run growth. Simply put, this economic growth goal and the means of achieving it through quality education stand at the top of the pyramid of the SDGs.

Eric Hanushek on the Education, Skills, and the Millennium Development Goals (July 27, 2015)

How important are basic skills for economic success and growth?

Not in the Right Ballpark (July 20, 2015)

My critique of the paper by Jackson, Johnson, and Persico is very simple and might be lost in the dazzling misdirection of their response. When I learned computer programming, I was taught to use simplified approximations of results to make sure that my more complicated, and harder to check, programs produced answers that were in the right ballpark. This step apparently is no longer taught.

Recent Publications

General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Life-Cycle. Eric A. Hanushek, Guido Schwerdt, Ludger Woessmann, Lei Zhang. Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Land Use Controls, Fiscal Zoning, and the Local Provision of Education. Eric A. Hanushek, Kuzey Yilmaz. Public Finance Review, 49(5), September 2015, pp. 559-585.
Why Standard Measures of Human Capital are Misleading. Eric A. Hanushek. KDI Journal of Economic Policy, 37(2), 2015, 22-39.
The Economic Impact of Educational Quality. Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann. Handbook of International Development and Education, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, pp. 6-19.
Economics of Education. Eric A. Hanushek. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier, April 2015, 149-157.