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Finding the Right Focus

Eric A. Hanushek
Published Date: 
María de Ibarrola and D.C. Phillips (Ed.)
Leaders in Educational Research
Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
pp. 93-105

Perhaps there are people who know from early life what they want to do for their life’s work, but I suspect they are rather rare. The actual process of getting to the right place, at least from my experience, involves a series of iterations that require learning one’s own skills, matching skills with life plans and objectives, and probably something that looks a lot like luck. This autobiographical essay represents my attempt to extract the separate facets of arriving at my current position as an economist who tries to match evidence about education with policy.