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Generation Lost: The Pandemic’s Lifetime Tax (October 06, 2023)

Students’ Covid learning losses portent a future workforce with fewer skills, lower earnings

Student test scores are down, and it isn’t just because of COVID shutdowns (July 26, 2023)

Virtually no attention has been paid to the fact that there were major NAEP losses —heavily skewed against disadvantaged students — well before the COVID shutdowns.

Finding the Best Teachers for Post-Pandemic Schools (August 26, 2022)

Nobody is talking about schools resuming completely to normal this fall, but the economic problems caused by the pandemic would not be solved even if they did.

Recent Publications

Testing. (with Annika B. Bergbauer and Ludger Woessmann). Journal of Human Resources, 59(2), March, 2024, 349-388.
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, 59(1), January, 2024.
Global Universal Basic Skills: Current Deficits and Implications for World Development. (with Sarah Gust and Ludger Woessmann). Journal of Development Economics, 166 (January), 2024, 103205.
Employer Learning and the Dynamics of Returns to Universities: Evidence from Chinese Elite Education during University Expansion. (with Sylvie Démurger and Lei Zhang). Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming.
Academic mobility in U.S. public schools: Evidence from nearly 3 million students. (with Wes Austin, David Figlio, and others). Journal of Public Economics, 228, 2023, 105016.