Teaching practices and social capital

Yann Algan, Pierre Cahuc, Andrei Shleifer, 24 October 2011

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Topics: Education
Tags: education, interpersonal cooperation, progressive eduction, social capital, teaching practices, trust

The impacts of education on crime, health and mortality, and civic participation

Lance Lochner, 17 October 2011

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Given recent budget problems around the world, many governments have proposed sharp cuts to education. What are the likely long-run costs of these cuts? Growing evidence suggests that the lasting impacts of reductions in early childhood investments, school quality, and educational attainment among today’s youth are likely to extend beyond declines in future productivity and earnings.

Topics: Education, Health economics
Tags: crime, education, health

A different approach to assessment-based accountability

Derek Neal, Gadi Barlevy, 8 October 2011

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For more than two decades, school systems in the US and around the world have introduced new accountability and incentive systems for public school educators that rely of the test scores of students as performance signals for educators.

Topics: Education
Tags: education, performance-related pay

Expanding access to elite education: What do we know?

Sandra McNally, Nina Guyon, Eric Maurin, 6 October 2011

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Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, are products of Harvard University, often listed as the finest university in the world.

Topics: Education
Tags: class, education, elitism, Northern Ireland

The democratic transition

Fabrice Murtin, Romain Wacziarg, 5 October 2011

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Throughout history the march toward political freedom has not been a smooth process. It has happened in fits and starts, in waves, and was often reversed or interrupted. The collapse of several Middle Eastern authoritarian regimes in the wake of this year’s Arab Spring illustrates the point clearly.

Topics: Development, Politics and economics
Tags: Arab Spring, democracy, education

Is education policy innovation policy?

Ralf R Meisenzahl, Joel Mokyr, 13 June 2011

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The Industrial Revolution is widely regarded as the start of modern economic growth. In his recent influential work, Allen (2009a, 2009b) has resurrected induced innovation theory and re-emphasised the role of factor prices.

Topics: Development, Economic history, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: education, growth, Industrial Revolution

Democracy, quality of government, and the average voter

Piergiuseppe Fortunato, Ugo Panizza, 4 June 2011

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The standard efficiency argument in favour of democracy is based on the idea that free elections are an effective instrument for ousting inept and corrupt politicians (e.g. Sen 2000). This view, however, is based on the assumptions that voters are capable of monitoring and evaluating government actions.

Topics: Education, Politics and economics
Tags: democracy, education, politics

“The people want the fall of the regime”: Schooling, political protest, and the economy

Davin Chor, Filipe R Campante, 25 April 2011

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The wave of political protest that has shaken the Middle East since late 2010 has been a textbook example of a “prairie fire” revolution (Kuran 1989). The tragic act of protest of a Tunisian street vendor set off a contagious streak of demonstrations that has so far claimed two seemingly unshakeable incumbents in Tunisia and Egypt and still threatens a number of fellow strongmen.

Topics: Education, Politics and economics
Tags: democracy, education, Middle East, political protests

Are friends important in educational outcomes?

Eleonora Patacchini, Yves Zenou, 25 February 2011

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Each student influences his or her classmates – not only through knowledge spillovers and how teachers respond to him/her, but also in how he/she affects classroom standards. A less disciplined student is more likely to disrupt his/her classmates, forcing the teacher to devote more time in class to disciplining rather than transmitting knowledge.

Topics: Education
Tags: education, peer-effects, US

Investment in financial literacy and saving decisions

Tullio Jappelli, Mario Padula, 8 February 2011

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The demographic transition is increasingly shifting the responsibility of saving decisions from the welfare system to individuals. The switch from defined benefits to defined contributions pension systems is making individuals more liable for their long-term saving choices. In addition, the recent financial crisis has questioned people’s ability to manage their debts.

Topics: Education, Financial markets
Tags: education, Financial literacy, savings rates

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