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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.

American Teachers Unions Oppose Innovative Schools—in Africa(March 10, 2017)
No longer content to oppose educational innovation at home, the unions representing America’s teachers have gone abroad in search of monsters to slay.Bridge International Academies has shown that it’s possible to provide high-quality, low-cost primary education to poor children in the developing world. Naturally, the teachers unions are outraged.
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.

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.

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