The Education Exchange: A $14 Trillion Loss from Coronavirus-Related School Closures

“However schools are restarted, they have to be emphasizing student learning. It’s not a matter of just how much distance there is between desks or whether everybody has an iPad, we have to really focus on the learning of students,” says Eric Hanushek.

Photo of Eric HanushekThe Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Eric Hanushek, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Hanushek’s new study, which calculates the expected losses to the annual GDP incurred by the Covid-19 shutdown of schools.

Hanushek, with his co-author Ludger Woessman, detailed the findings in “Costs of Past and Future Learning Losses” for Education Next. The full paper is available at OECD.

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