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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.

Published Articles & Media

The Achievement Gap Fails to Close

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

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.

It Pays to Improve School Quality

States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains

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.

An International Look at the Single-Parent Family

Family structure matters more for U.S. students

Is the U.S. Catching Up?

International and state trends in student achievement

Are U.S. Students Ready to Compete?

  The latest on each state’s international standing

Merit Pay International

Countries with performance pay for teachers score higher on PISA tests

Teaching Math to the Talented

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

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