Boston School Assignments: Listen to the Nobel Committee

Originally published in The Boston Globe

October 18, 2012
Edward Glaeser (Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University)

Did the Nobel Prize Committee choose this year’s economics laureates to influence the growing debate in Boston about how to assign students to public schools? I know we’re the hub of the universe and all that, but the Scandinavians can’t possibly be so focused on our issues. Still, the awards to economists Lloyd Shapley and Alvin Roth shouldn’t just shine a spotlight on their work on assignment mechanisms. It should also make us pause before embracing changes that restrict the school choices of Boston’s parents — especially those with less means. MORE >(Need Boston Globesubscription)