Tag Archives: Education

Taking on Teacher Tenure Backfires – An Interesting Take from Jesse Rothstein

From Jesse Rothstein in the NYTimes: [...] decisions about firing teachers are inherently about trade-offs: It is important to dismiss ineffective teachers, but also to attract and retain effective teachers. Judge Treu’s opinion in the case, Vergara v. California (in which … Continue reading

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The Effect of School Finance Reforms on the Distribution of Spending, Academic Achievement, and Adult Outcomes

From Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson, Claudia Persico: The school finance reforms (SFRs) that began in the early 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s caused some of the most dramatic changes in the structure of K-12 education spending in U.S. history.  We analyze the effects … Continue reading

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Inputs in the Production of Early-childhood Human Capital: Evidence from Head Start

From Chris Walters: Studies of small-scale “model” early-childhood programs show that high-quality preschool can have transformative effects on human capital and economic outcomes. Evidence on the Head Start program is more mixed. Inputs and practices vary widely across Head Start … Continue reading

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Making Top Managers: The Role of Elite Universities and Elite Peers

From Seth Zimmerman: This paper estimates the causal effect of elite college admission on students’ chances of reaching top management positions, and decomposes the total effect into a component attributable to ties formed between college peers and a component attributable to … Continue reading

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Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters

From Jesse Rothstein: Recent proposals would strengthen the dependence of teacher pay and retention on demonstrated performance. One intended effect is to attract those who will be effective teachers and repel those who will not. I model the teacher labor … Continue reading

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Is it too late to get an arborist into the budget negotiations?

From Austan Goolsbee: Most of us watching the looming budget showdown do so with a sense of dread. The last one left congressional approval at 9%, the president’s popularity at a new low, and consumer confidence at levels not seen … Continue reading

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Is Forgiving Student Loans the Worst Idea Ever?

The third pillar of President Obama’s new college affordability plan is “ensuring that student debt remains affordable.” Here’s a bit more detail: The President has proposed allowing all student borrowers to cap their federal student loan payments at 10 percent of … Continue reading

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Long-term intergenerational persistence of human capital: an empirical analysis of four generations

From Mikael Lindahl, Mårten Palme, Sofia Sandgren Massih and Anna Sjögren:     Most previous studies of intergenerational transmission of human capital are restricted to two generations – parents and their children. In this study we use a Swedish data set … Continue reading

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Today’s Links: Economic Mobility & School Financing in California

1. Surnames offer depressing clues to the extent of social mobility over generations “Mr Clark’s conclusion is that the underlying rate of social mobility is both low and surprisingly constant across countries and eras: the introduction of universal secondary education … Continue reading

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Long Run Growth in Real Per Pupil Public Education Spending

Real per pupil education spending for elementary and secondary schools has increased roughly 23X since 1920. While there are many causes for this increase (special ed availability, reduced student teacher ratios, etc) and spending more on education is often a good … Continue reading

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