Assessing Educational Practices: The Contribution of Economics

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Assessing Educational Practices introduces the nonspecialist to the research methods used by economists in studies of education practices and the institutions and markets in which education takes place. The ten chapters, all commissioned for this book, explain the way economists think about teachers' salaries, student achievement, class size, school organization, and other subjects of current debate in education. Each author demonstrates how methods used in economics can be applied to measure the success and failures of educational practices.All the contributions focus on precollege education and the discussion is largely based on the United States experience. One chapter looks at teaching in the United Kingdom, and another at international comparisons of incentives and student performance. Other topics include the effect of school quality on students' future earnings, merit pay for teachers, school spending and budgets, the relationship between competition and school quality, and proposals to improve secondary schools.Contributors : Masato Aoki. William J. Baumol. William E. Becker. John H. Bishop. David Card. Elchanan Cohn. Peter Dolton. Susan F. Feiner. Rendigs Fels. Frederick Flyer. Alan B. Krueger. Charles R. Link. James G. Mulligan. Sherwin Rosen. Wilbert van der Klaauw.Copublished with the Russell Sage Foundation

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Assessing Educational Practices introduces the nonspecialist to the research methods used by economists in studies of educational practices and institutions. The nine chapters explain the ways economists think about teachers' salaries, student achievement, class size, school organization, and other subjects of current debate in education. Each author demonstrates how methods used in economics can be applied to measure the success and failure of educational practices.

About the Author:

William J. Baumol received his B.S.S. at the College of the City of New York and his Ph.D. at the University of London. He is professor of economics at New York University and senior research economist and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is a frequent management consultant to major firms in a wide variety of industries in the United States and other countries as well as to a number of governmental agencies. He has been president of the American Economic Association, and three other professional societies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, created by the U.S. Congress, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Baumol is the author of more than 35 books as well as hundreds of journal and newspaper articles that have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

William E. Becker is Professor of Economics at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of South Australia. His more than 100 scholarly publications include three statistics textbooks and six edited volumes on issues in higher education. He is editor of the Journal of Economic Education. In 1987, he received the Henry H. Villard Research Award for his work in education.

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