Ludger Woessmann

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    Ludger Woessmann is professor of economics at the University of Munich, head of the Department of Human Capital and Innovation at Ifo Institute for Economic Research, and coordinator of the European Expert Network on the Economics of Education (EENEE). His most recent book, School Accountability, Autonomy and Choice around the World, considers sources of international differences in student achievement.


The Achievement Gap Fails to Close

Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots

SUMMER 2019 / VOL. 19, NO. 3

It Pays to Improve School Quality

States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains

Summer 2016 / Vol. 16, No. 3

An International Look at the Single-Parent Family

Family structure matters more for U.S. students

SPRING 2015 / VOL. 15, NO. 2

U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests

It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Is the U.S. Catching Up?

International and state trends in student achievement

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?

The latest on each state’s international standing

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Merit Pay International

Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

Teaching Math to the Talented

Which countries—and states—are producing high-achieving students?

Winter 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 1

School Choice International

Higher private school share boosts national test scores

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

Education and Economic Growth

It’s not just going to school, but learning something while there that matters

Spring 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 2

Why Students in Some Countries Do Better

International evidence on the importance of education policy

Summer 2001 / Vol. 1, No. 2

Crowd Control

Does reducing class size work?

Summer 2003 / Vol. 3, No. 3

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Apprenticeship Programs in a Changing Economic World

In a knowledge-based economy, early employment gains with vocational training may lead to later problems when specific skills become obsolete and workers lack the ability to adjust to a changed economic environment.


Universal Basic Skills and Sustainable Development Goals

A new report examines the economic impact of meeting a goal of bringing all children up to a level of basic skills.

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