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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.

How Teachers Unions Use 'Common Core' to Undermine Reform (July 01, 2014)
This year's battle over the introduction of Common Core standards in public schools has diverted attention from a more important but quieter battle led by teachers unions to eliminate school accountability and teacher evaluations. These two measures are the real engines that will drive educational improvement, and it's critical that attempts to do away with them be blocked.
More Easily Firing Bad Teachers Helps Everyone (June 11, 2014)
Teacher tenure discussions often suggest that what is in the best interest of teachers is also in the best interest of students. But the groundbreaking decision in the Vergara case makes it clear that early, and effectively irreversible, decisions about teacher tenure have real costs for students and ultimately all of society.

Recent Publications

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.
Borrowing Constraints, College Aid, and Intergenerational Mobility. Eric A. Hanushek, Charles Ka Yui Leung, Kuzey Yilmaz. Journal of Human Capital, 8(1), Spring 2014, pp. 1-41.