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Permanent Economic Damage from Learning Losses (September 18, 2020)

Unless schools actually get better than they were in 2019, existing research indicates this will lead to permanently lower future earnings.

Costs of Past and Future Learning Losses (September 09, 2020)

For the United States, the already accrued learning losses are expected to amount to $14.2 trillion, and would grow if schools are unable to restart quickly.

School Funding in the Wake of COVID-19 (July 09, 2020)

Balancing widespread health, academic and political challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and schools will also face the prospect of reduced budgets as they attempt to resume instruction this fall.

Recent Publications

Performance Information and Personnel Decisions in the Public Sector: The Case of School Principals. (with Julie Berry Cullen, Gregory Phelan, and Steven G. Rivkin). Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming.
Education and Economic Growth. (with Ludger Woessmann). Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.
Addressing Cross-national Generalizability in Educational Impact Evaluation. International Journal of Educational Development, 80, 2021.
United States: The Uphill Schools’ Struggle. In Nuno Crato (ed.), Improving a Country’s Education: PISA 2018 Results in 10 Countries, Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2021, pp. 227-247.
Test-Based Accountability in Distressed Times. (with Chester E. Finn Jr.). The State Education Standard, September 20(3), 2020, pp. 13-17.