Category Archives: Education

Single sex schools improve performance in low performing schools

The Effect of Single-Sex Education on Academic Outcomes and Crime: Fresh Evidence from Low-Performing Schools in Trinidad and Tobago by C. Kirabo Jackson Abstract: In 2010, the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago converted 20 low-performing pilot secondary schools from … Continue reading

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Papers that don’t crank out the same old schtick are high risk for academics: SHOCK!

Academic publishing keeps you on the straight and narrow of everyone else’s ideas? Who’da thunk? Bias against Novelty in Science: A Cautionary Tale for Users of Bibliometric Indicators by Jian Wang, Reinhilde Veugelers, Paula Stephan  –  #22180 (LS PR) Abstract: Research which explores unchartered … Continue reading

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For he that hath … Education edition

 The Long-term Consequences of Teacher Discretion in Grading of High-stakes Tests by Rebecca Diamond, Petra Persson This paper analyzes the long-term consequences of teacher discretion in grading of high-stakes tests.  Evidence is currently lacking, both on which students receive test score manipulation and … Continue reading

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No-pain-no-gain: High-road-low-road

This post began as a comment on Paul’s last comment on my “Mainstream Radical Centrists: Where are they?” column. Paul boiled down his response to this: If you want to have a serious debate about reforms, go to countries that are … Continue reading

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University Innovation and the Professor’s Privilege

Abstract: National policies take varied approaches to encouraging university-based innovation. This paper studies a natural experiment: the end of the “professor’s privilege” in Norway, where university researchers previously enjoyed full rights to their innovations. Upon the reform, Norway moved toward … Continue reading

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My comments on the draft of the Shergold Review

Peter Shergold’s report on learning from mistakes is out. It advises on how to avoid the mistakes of the Pink Batts fiasco (He was asked to do this by a government that, pretty obviously, wasn’t the slightest bit interested in … Continue reading

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In poor communities disadvantaged boys do worse than girls: not to mention being a menace to the community (In the US)

Childhood Environment and Gender Gaps in Adulthood by Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Frina Lin, Jeremy Majerovitz, Benjamin Scuderi – #21936 (CH ED LS PE) We show that differences in childhood environments play an important role in shaping gender gaps in … Continue reading

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