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Semester: Not Offered
Faculty: Joshua Goodman
This course examines a variety of education policy issues in the United States and abroad, with an emphasis on rigorous econometric evaluation of such policies. By the courses end, students should have an analytical framework that allows them to think clearly about the impacts of education policies, as well as be able to distinguish good research from bad. The course will start with exploration of broad questions, such as the impact of education on individuals, their children, and nations as a whole. The course will then turn to specific policy issues including, but not limited to, post-secondary financial aid systems; curricular content and standardized exams; labor markets for teachers; racial gaps in educational performance; school choice and voucher programs; and the particular challenges faced by developing countries. Prerequisites: Familiarity with regression analysis or permission of the instructor.
Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as A-142, but not offered in 2013-14.