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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.

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.

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.
Knowledge Capital, Growth, and the East Asian Miracle. Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann. Science, 351(6271), January 22, pp. 344-345.
School human capital and teacher salary policies. Eric A. Hanushek. Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 1(1), 2016, pp. 23-40.
What Matters for Achievement: Updating Coleman on the Influence of Families and Schools. Eric A. Hanushek. Education Next, 16(2), Spring 2016, pp. 22-30.
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.