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Professionalizing Teaching and Winning the Salary Wars (November 14, 2019)

The nation is stuck with a bad equilibrium in terms of teacher salaries: salaries are insufficient to attract new teachers who can fuel improved schools and yet they are not even high enough to satisfy current teachers.

Teacher Pay Raises Aren't Enough: Adding evaluation would make all the difference for improving schools (November 04, 2019)

The nation is stuck with a bad deal on teacher salaries: salaries insufficient to attract new teachers who can fuel improved schools and yet not even high enough to satisfy current teachers.

Measurement Counts: International Student Tests and Economic Growth (October 01, 2019)

The PISA scores are a good index of the future quality of the labor force in each country, and the quality of the labor force in turn has been shown to be a decisive factor in determining the long-run growth rates of nations.

Recent Publications

Education, Knowledge Capital, and Economic Growth. (with Ludger Woessmann). In Steve Bradley and Colin Green (ed.). Economics of Education, 2nd Edition, Amsterdam: Elsevier, forthcoming.
Education Production Functions. In Steve Bradley and Colin Green (ed.), Economics of Education, 2nd Edition, Amsterdam: Elsevier, forthcoming.
Financing Schools. In John Hattie and Eric M. Anderman (ed.), Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement, London: Routledge, 2019, pp. 92-97.
The Fall of Educational Productivity and Policy Paralysis. In Lindsay M. Burke and Jonathan Butcher (ed.), The Not-So-Great Society, Washington, DC: Heritage Foundation, 2019, pp. 45-51.
The Evolution of Charter School Quality. (with Patrick L. Baude, Marcus Casey, Greg Phelan, and Steven G. Rivkin). Economica, forthcoming.