Systems that produce high quality schooling
The Illusion of Equality: The Educational Consequences of Blinding Weak States. (June 1, 2009). (with Martina Viarengo). Compares the variability of the distribution of school specific learning acheivement across public and private schools to see if public sector control produces more or less uniformity in school quality.
Remembering the Forgetting in Schooling: Comments on Two Papers on the History of Education. (September 2008).
A Millennium Learning Goal: Measuring Real Progress in Education (with Deon Filmer and Amer Hasan). (August 2006).
I have written a broad and comprehensive review of the literature on education, in Towards a New Consensus for Addressing the Global Challenge of the Lack of Education. This was part of the original 2004 Copenhagen Consensus process (http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com) which brought together experts on ten key challenges facing the world and asked them to assess potential solutions. This paper is a review of the empirical literature about the implications of simple expansions in capacity versus an array of other reform options. The results are now available in a book published by Cambridge University Press Global Crises, Global Solutions.
The presentation I made at the meetings in June 2004 to the expert panel puts some of the work in context (challenge_presentation.ppt--or a longer one I didn't have time to present The Challenge of the Learning Deficit.ppt). I have also presented this paper in other contexts (copenhagen_bank.ppt).
Another broad take on this issue was as part of the World Bank's World Development Report 2004 (which was issued in October 2003) focused on the issue of services and how to created relationships of accountability that will make for more effective services in developing countries. I worked on the report, particularly on chapter 3 and chapter 7 (on education).
Chapter 3: Analytical Framework World Development Report 2004.
Chapter 7: Education World Development Report 2004.
Also, go the WDR 2004 website.