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Education And Economic Performance

Education And Economic Performance

Alison Wolf , Sandra McNally

Edited by Alison Wolf, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London, UK and Sandra McNally, Director, Education Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, UK

2011 672 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 577 2

Hardback £229.00 on-line price £206.10


Series: The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series

‘Simultaneously a marvellous compendium – from the classics to current state of the art – and a challenge for future research. The messages are timely and important: that the link between education and individual earnings is clear, that between education and individual productivity less so, and that between education and national economic performance with much still to understand.’
– Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

22 articles, dating from 1964 to 2011 Contributors include: D. Acemoglu, M. Blaug, L. Dearden, E.F. Denison, C. Goldin, L.F. Katz, A.B. Krueger, S. Machin, L. Pritchett, J. Van Reenen

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Throughout the developed and developing worlds, education spending is seen as a key tool for government policy makers in the quest for economic growth. Promoting ‘human capital’ development is a prime objective for economic and education ministries. The seminal articles in this essential volume include early classics which explain why education became central to productivity debates and more recent papers which elucidate the enormous controversies in this important field.

This collection, with an original introduction by the editors, will be of great interest to academics and students interested in growth, productivity, innovation and economic performance.

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Introduction Alison Wolf and Sandra McNally

A. Early Classics
1. Edward F. Denison (1964), ‘Measuring the Contribution of Education (and the Residual) to Economic Growth’
2. Mark Blaug (1972), ‘Educated Unemployment in Asia: A Contrast Between India and the Philippines’
3. Barry Chiswick (2003), ‘Jacob Mincer, Experience and the Distribution of Earnings’
4. Robert J. Barro and Jong-Wha Lee (1993), ‘International Comparisons of Educational Attainment’
5. Robert J. Barro and Jong-Wha Lee (1994), ‘Sources of Economic Growth’

B. Overviews
6. Jacob Mincer (1984), ‘Human Capital and Economic Growth’
7. Alan B. Krueger and Mikael Lindahl (2001), ‘Education for Growth: Why and for Whom?’
8. Alison Wolf (2004), ‘Education and Economic Performance: Simplistic Theories and their Policy Consequences’
9. Lant Pritchett (2001), ‘Where Has All The Education Gone?’

A. Years Versus Qualifications
10. Anna Vignoles, Augustin De Coulon and Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez (2011), ‘The Value of Basic Skills in the British Labour Market’
11. Colm Harmon and Ian Walker (1995), ‘Estimates of the Economic Return to Schooling for the United Kingdom’
12. Richard Blundell, Lorraine Dearden and Barbara Sianesi (2005), ‘Measuring the Returns to Education’

B. Elite Versus Non-elite Institutions
13. Dan A. Black and Jeffrey A. Smith (2006), ‘Estimating the Returns to College Quality with Multiple Proxies for Quality’
14. Stacy Berg Dale and Alan B. Krueger (2002), ‘Estimating the Pay-off to Attending a More Selective College: An Application of Selection on Observables and Unobservables’

C. General Versus Vocational
15. Dirk Krueger and Krishna B. Kumar (2004), ‘US-Europe Differences in Technology-driven Growth: Quantifying the Role of Education’
16. Ofer Malamud and Cristian Pop-Eleches (2010), ‘General Education Versus Vocational Training: Evidence from an Economy in Transition’

17. Stephen Machin and John Van Reenen (1998), ‘Technology and Changes in Skill Structure: Evidence from Seven OECD Countries’
18. Rachel Griffith, Stephen Redding and John Van Reenen (2004), ‘Mapping the Two Faces of R&D: Productivity Growth in a Panel of OECD Industries’
19. Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz (2007), ‘Long-run Changes in the Wage Structure: Narrowing, Widening, Polarizing’
20. Daron Acemoglu (1999), ‘Changes in Unemployment and Wage Inequality: An Alternative Theory and Some Evidence’
21. Saul Lach and Mark Schankerman (2008), ‘Incentives and Invention in Universities’
22. Ricardo Godoy, Dean S. Karlan, Shanti Rabindran and Tomás Huanca (2005), ‘Do Modern Forms of Human Capital Matter in Primitive Economies? Comparative Evidence from Bolivia’
23. Enrico Moretti (2004), ‘Workers’ Education, Spillovers and Productivity: Evidence from Plant-level Production Functions’
24. Sharada Weir and John Knight (2004), ‘Externality Effects of Education: Dynamics of the Adoption and Diffusion of an Innovation in Rural Ethiopia’

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