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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.
Leonardo Bursztyn and Robert Jensen offer a very clever study of peer effects. They offered 11th graders a free SAT prep course, using two different sign-up forms differing in only one word. That difference of one word implied that their … Continue reading
Do elite high school produce elite results…over and above what would be expected from the fact that students admitted to elite high schools are academically gifted? Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer looked at three New York City high schools where … Continue reading
My colleague Michael Gottfried offers us some evidence that peer effects in school can be pretty large. Measuring peer effects is hard. Here’s the problem: Suppose parents of particularly able kids maneuver their children into classes where learning works really … Continue reading
Are students helped by having other smart students as classmates? Answering this question is a surprisingly difficult statistical problem. Suppose schools tend to track students by ability. (Suppose???) When you look at a high-achieving student you’ll see that she tends to … Continue reading