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Harvard Kennedy School faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.

Faculty Papers and Publications

Hanushek, Eric A., Paul E. Peterson, Laura M. Talpey, and Ludger Woessmann. "The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-012, March 2019.
Peterson, Paul E. Review of Learning from the Federal Market-Based Reforms, ed. William Mathis and Tina M. Trujillo. Journal of School Choice, 12.1, Jan-Mar 2018: 154-155.
Peterson, Paul E. "One Brainchild Left Behind." Hoover Digest: Research & Opinion on Public Policy 4 (Fall 2016): 138-141.
Barrows, Samuel, Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West. "Relative Performance Information and Perceptions of Public Service Quality: Evidence From American School Districts." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theor (April 2016).
Peterson, Paul E. "Does the Partisan Divide Include the K-12 Curriculum?" Education Week, September 4, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "Teachers and Schools are Funded at a Higher Rate than Most People Know." Washington Times, August 13, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E., and Martin R. West. "Even Teachers are No Fans of Forced Union Payments." Wall Street Journal, 266.13, 7/16/2015, A11.
Henderson, Michael B., Philipp Lergetporer, Paul E.Peterson, Katharina Werner, Martin R. West, and Ludger Woessmann. "Is Seeing Believing? How Americans and Germans Think about Their Schools." The Program on Education Policy and Governance, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold Schools Accountable." Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015.
Chingos, Matthew M., and Paul E. Peterson. "Experimentally Estimated Impacts of School Vouchers on College Enrollment and Degree Attainment." Journal of Public Economics 122 (February 2015): 1-12.
Peterson, Paul E. "A Rescue Plan for the Black Family." New York Daily News, January 19, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It." Wall Street Journal - Eastern Edition. 09/22/2014.
Peterson, Paul E., Michael Henderson, and Martin R. West. Teachers Versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them. Brookings Institution Press, 2014.
Peterson, Paul E., and Eric A. Hanushek. "The Vital Link of Education and Prosperity." Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2013.
Peterson, Paul E. "The Obama Setback for Minority Education." Wall Street Journal. August 6, 2013.
Chingos, Matthew M., and Paul E. Peterson. "Experimentally Estimated Impacts of a School Choice Intervention on Long-Term Educational Outcomes: The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment." Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, July 2013.
Chingos, Matthew M., and Paul E. Peterson. "A Generation of School-Voucher Success." Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2012.
Peterson, Paul E., William Howell, and Martin West. "Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem." Wall Street Journal, June 4, 2012.
Peterson, Paul E. "Obama’s Education Grade Left Behind By Bush’s." Washington Times, April 5, 2012.
Peterson, Paul E. "A Blue State Bailout In Disguise." Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2011.
Peterson, Paul E., and Eric A. Hanushek. "Why Can't American Students Compete?" Daily Beast, August 28, 2011.
Peterson, Paul E. "Do We Really Need to Spend More on Schools?" Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2011.
Chingosa, Matthew M., and Paul E. Peterson. "It’s Easier to Pick a Good Teacher than to Train One: Familiar and New Results on the Correlates of Teacher Effectiveness." Economics of Education Review 30.3 (June 2011): 449-465.
Howell, William, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin West. "Meeting of the Minds." Education Next.org 11.1 (Winter 2011).
Hanushek, Eric A., Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann. "Teaching Math to the Talented." Education Next 11.1 (Winter 2011): 10-18.
Matthew M. Chingos, and Paul E. Peterson. "It’s Easier to Pick a Good Teacher than to Train One: Familiar and New Results on the Correlates of Teacher Effectiveness." Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Paper Series, PEPG 10-22, December 2010.
Hanushek, Eric A., Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann. "U.S. Math Performance in Global Perspective: How Well Does Each State Do at Producing High-achieving Students?" Program on Education Policy and Governance Working Paper Series, PEPG 10-19, November 2010.
Peterson, Paul E. and Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadón. "State Standards Rise in Reading, Fall in Math." Education Next 10.4 (Fall 2010): 12-16.
Peterson, Paul E., and Martin R. West. "African-Americans for Charter Schools." Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2010.
Peterson, Paul E. "Let the Charters Bloom." Hoover Digest: Research and Opinion on Public Policy. Summer 2010.
Peterson, Paul E. "Finding the Student's 'Price Point'." Education Week, April 20, 2010.
Peterson, Paul E. "Charter Schools and Student Performance." Wall Street Journal. March 16, 2010.
Peterson, Paul E. Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning. Harvard University Press, 2010.
Greene, Jay, Tom Loveless, W. Bentley MacLeod, Thomas Nechyba, Paul E. Peterson, Meredith Rosenthal, and Grover Whitehurst. "Expanding Choice in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Report on Rethinking the Federal Role in Education." Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, February 2010.
Peterson, Paul E., and Martina Viarengo. "Social Capital and School Sector Impacts on the Non-Cognitive Skills of Early Adolescents: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Survey." Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance PEPG09-04, October 2009.
Peterson, Paul E. "What the Public Thinks of Public Schools." Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2009.
Peterson, Paul E. Voucher Impacts: Differences between Public and Private Schools. Handbook of Research on School Choice. Ed. Mark Berends, Matthew G. Springer, Dale Ballou, and Herbert J. Walberg. Routledge, 2009, 249-267.
Chingos, Matthew M., and Paul Peterson. "For-Profit and Nonprofit Management in Philadelphia Schools." Education Next 9.2 (Spring 2009): 64-70.
Peterson, Paul E. The Emerging Field of Education Policy. The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives. Ed. Gary King, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Norman H. Nie. Routledge, 2009, 227-230.
Peterson, Paul E. "Sustaining Progress in Times of Fiscal Crisis." Report Commissioned by Florida State Board of Education, March 16, 2009.
Peterson, Paul E. "Penalizing Schools That Succeed." New York Post, February 19, 2009.
Peterson, Paul E., and Matthew M. Chingos. "Impact of For-Profit and Non-Profit Management on Student Achievement: The Philadelphia Intervention, 2002-2008." Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance PEPG09-02, February 2009.
Fiorina, Morris P., William G. Mayer, Paul E. Peterson, Bertram Johnson, and Stephen D. Voss, eds. America's New Democracy. Longman, 2009.
Peterson, Paul E., and Daniel Nadler. "What Happens When States Have Genuine Alternative Certification? We Get More Minority Teachers and Test Scores Rise." Education Next 9.1 (Winter 2009): 70-74.
Chakrabarti, Rajashri, and Paul E. Peterson, eds. School Choice International. MIT Press, 2008.
Peterson, Paul E. "School Vouchers in the United States: Productivity in the Public and Private Sectors." Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft - Journal of Educational Science, ZfE 11.2 (2008): 253-267.
Howell, William G., Martin R. West, and Paul E. Peterson. "The 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion: Americans Think Less of Their Schools Than of their Police Departments and Post Offices." Education Next 8.4 (Fall 2008): 12-26.
Peterson, Paul E., and Frederick Hess. "Few States Set World-Class Standards: In Fact, Most Render the Notion of Proficiency Meaningless." Education Next 8.3 (Summer 2008): 70-73.
Peterson, Paul E. "America's Education Industrial Complex." New York Sun, May 9, 2008.
Peterson, Paul E., and Matthew M. Chingos. "Impact of For-Profit and Non-Profit Management on Student Achievement: The Philadelphia Experiment." Harvard University Program on Education Policy and Governance PEPG08-11, May 2008.