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Established in 1996 under the direction of Paul E. Peterson, the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements. Located within Harvard University's Government Department and the Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PEPG continues to fulfill its core missions:

• provide high-level scientific training for young scholars who can make independent contributions to scholarly research;
• foster a national community of reform-minded scientific researchers; and
• produce path-breaking studies that provide a scientific basis for school reform policy. Read more...

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Read the 2013 EdNext-PEPG poll results here.

Read the EdNext poll article by Michael Henderson and Paul E. Peterson.


The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Matthew Chingos
Paul E. Peterson

Read the WSJ Op-ed on this study
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Watch Peterson discuss vouchers in this WSJ video

WWC Review: Voucher study receives highest rating

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School
Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann

This book is the result of a three-part series of reports on the state of American education in international perspective.

Education Next published an abridged version of the reports


Teachers Versus the Public: RSVP for the lunch discussion on April 29 here.

2014 PEPG program report: Read the latest update on PEPG research.

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results here.

pepg in the news

Feb. 9, 2014
Six keys to economic opportunity
The Washington Times

Nov. 8, 2013
Spinning America's Report Card
The Wall Street Journal

Oct. 9, 2013
U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills
USA Today

Sept. 16, 2013
Scholars: Throwing More Monney at Schools Will Not Make Them Better

Sept. 13, 2013
Video: Poor education levels linked to a poor economy?
Fox News

Sept. 12, 2013
Peterson and Hanushek: The Vital Link of Education and Prosperity
The Wall Street Journal

Sept. 3, 2013
How U.S. Students Stack Up Against Other Nations [video]
Bloomberg TV

Aug. 7, 2013
The Obama Setback for Minority Education
The Wall Street Journal

July 9, 2013
How Standards are Softening
New York Daily News


Does student performance reduce imprisonment?
Kaja Hoiseth Brugard
Torberg Falch

Which Teachers Choose a Defined Contibution Plan? Evidence from the Florida Retirement System
Matthew Chingos
Martin R. West

The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Matthew Chingos
Paul E. Peterson

The Effects of Early Grade Retention
on Student Outcomes over Time: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Florida

Martin R. West
Guido Schwerdt

Achievement Growth:
International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance

Eric A. Hanushek
Paul E. Peterson
Ludger Woessmann

Education Iron Triangle
Martin R. West
Michael Henderson
Paul E. Peterson

Do (German) State Bond Markets Discount Politics
Sounman Hong
Daniel Nadler
Camillo von Muller

Globally Challenged: Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?
Paul E. Peterson
Ludger Woessmann
Eric A. Hanus`hek
Carlos X. Lastra-Anadón

press releases and program news

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School - A sobering new book on the long-term cost of a stagnant U.S. education system.

Peter Flanigan: A True Friend of School Choice - In this entry on the Education Next blog, Paul E. Peterson remembers a member of the PEPG Advisory Committee.

New Survey Shows Majority of Independent Voters Favor Charter Schools, Feel Unions Do 'More Harm than Good' - Available in Spanish here Overall, public says teacher salaries and tenure should be based heavily on student test performance; public has less confidence in teachers than previously reported.

First Systematic Study of School Vouchers & College Enrollment
Shows Large Effects for African Americans
College enrollment increases by 24% for those who attended a private school

Governor Walker to Deliver Address on Improving Education at HKS Conference
Governor Walker of Wisonsin to address PEPG "Learning from Improving School Systems at Home and Abroad" conference taking place on July 26th and 27th in Cambridge MA.

Hanushek, Peterson, and Woessman: Student Achievement Gains in U.S. Fail to Close International Achievement Gap
U.S. ranks 25th out of 49 countries in student test-score gains over 14-year period, report 3 scholars at
Harvard, Stanford and the University of Munich.

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