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Not Enough Value to Justify More of the Same (March 26, 2015)

It is hard getting around the historic facts. Real per pupil spending has more than doubled in the past 40 years, but the mathematics and reading scores of 17-year-olds have barely budged. We must recognize that more of the same is unlikely to yield better results – and by implication reform through spending is not the way to improvement.

An Evaluation System Linked to Retention and Reward Is Vital (March 03, 2015)

Despite decades of study and enormous effort, we know little about how to train or select high quality teachers. We do know, however, that there are huge differences in the effectiveness of classroom teachers and that these differences can be observed.

The UFT’s wasteful class-size push: Research says teacher quality trumps quantity (December 12, 2014)

It’s like the bad penny that keeps appearing, only it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. The city teachers union has begun pushing a new property-tax proposal tied to a union employment program. Everyone would be better off if they just stuck to teaching kids.

Recent Publications

Economics of Education. Eric A. Hanushek. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier, April 2015, 149-157.
Returns to Skills around the World: Evidence from PIAAC. Eric A. Hanushek, Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold, Ludger Woessmann. European Economic Review, 73, January 2015, pp. 103-130.
Is Location Fate? Distributional Aspects of Schooling. Eric A. Hanushek. Education, Land, and Location, Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2014, pp. 25-61.
Land Use Controls, Fiscal Zoning, and the Local Provision of Education. Eric A. Hanushek, Kuzey Yilmaz. Public Finance Review, forthcoming.
Institutional Structures of the Education System and Student Achievement: A Review of Cross-country Economic Research. Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann. Educational Policy Evaluation through International Comparative Assessments, Munster, Germany: Waxman, 2014, pp. 145-175.