The association between student math performance and subsequent economic grow is very strong. It suggests that if the United States could lift its performance to the level achieved by Canadians, the average U. S. paycheck might increase by 20 percent.  In order to achieve this growth the U.S. will have to perform substantially better at the advanced level.  Over 13 percent of the students in both Germany and in Canada are high flyers, while only about the 7 percent in the U.S. perform at the advanced level. In Asia, the percentage of advanced students escalates upward–to 16 percent in Japan, 20 percent in Korea, and 30 percent in Singapore.

This event will explore why the United States must do better if it wishes to enhance its economic strength.

September 12, 2013
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Brookings Institution

Event Agenda

Introduction and Moderator:
Alice M. Rivlin
Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
Brookings Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Overview: Endangering Prosperity
Paul E. Peterson
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University

Ludger Woessmann
Professor of Economics, University of Munich and ifo Institute

Eric Hanushek
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution


Maureen McLaughlin
Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs
United States Department of Education

Chris Cerf
Commissioner of Education, New Jersey

Isabel V. Sawhill
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities Brookings Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Registration Information:

Event is open to the public.  Webcasting information will be available at


Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Hosted By
Brown Center on Education Policy

Related Book

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School

2013, Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann

Foreword by Lawrence H.  Summers
Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School … Endangering Prosperity is a wake-up call for structural reform. 

Last updated September 6, 2013