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Information, Incentives, and Education Policy

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • I.1 Humans as Machines
    • I.2 Learning and Producing
    • I.3 Earnings Inequality
    • I.4 A Role for Government
    • I.5 Appendix: Learn to Learn. Learn to Earn. Then Earn.
    • Exercises
  • 1. Resources and Outcomes
    • 1.1 Waste and Calls for Reform
    • 1.2 Time Series Evidence
    • 1.3 More Court Orders
    • 1.4 Cost–Benefit Analyses Are Not Our Focus
    • 1.5 The Education Production Function
    • 1.6 Salary Schedules
    • 1.7 Class Size
    • 1.8 Evidence from Developing Countries
    • 1.9 Approaches to Education Reform
    • 1.10 Appendix: Tables Concerning Scandals and Class-Size Effects
    • Exercises
  • 2. Assessment-Based Incentives
    • 2.1 Defining Terms
    • 2.2 An Empirical Regularity
    • 2.3 Economic Theory and Campbell’s Law
    • 2.4 Parallels to Education
    • 2.5 Optimal Incentive Design
    • 2.6 Alignment Problems
    • 2.7 Solutions to Alignment Problems
    • 2.8 Pay for Percentile
    • 2.9 Two Tasks Require Two Measurement Systems
    • 2.10 Who Teaches
    • 2.11 The Limits of ABI Systems
    • 2.12 Appendix: Empirical Work on Educator Quality
    • 2.13 Appendix: Multitasking for Beginners
    • Exercises
  • 3. Letting Parents Choose
    • 3.1 Attendance Zones
    • 3.2 Deferred Acceptance
    • 3.3 Top Trading Cycles
    • 3.4 DA vs. TTC
    • 3.5 The Importance of Being Earnest
    • 3.6 Recent Empirical Work
    • 3.7 Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic
    • Exercises
  • 4. Charter Schools
    • 4.1 Lottery Results
    • 4.2 Studies without Lotteries
    • 4.3 Competitive Pressures on Public Schools
    • 4.4 Competition Is Not a Magic Bullet
    • 4.5 Appendix: Experimental Data and LATE for Beginners
  • 5. Vouchers
    • 5.1 Baseline Model
    • 5.2 Public vs. Private School Comparisons
    • 5.3 Public School Responses
    • 5.4 Too Focused on Saving Money
    • 5.5 Voucher Systems Need Accountability Systems
    • 5.6 International Evidence
    • 5.7 Political Barriers
    • 5.8 Design Details, Segregation, and Inequality
    • 5.9 Peer Effects and Complications
    • Exercises
  • 6. Putting the Pieces Together
    • 6.1 Work to Be Done
    • 6.2 Moving Forward
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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