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Assessing Educational Practices introduces the nonspecialist to the research methods used by economists in studies of education practices and the institutions and markets in which education takes place. The ten chapters, all commissioned for this book, explain the way economists think about teachers' salaries, student achievement, class size, school organization, and other subjects of current debate in education. Each author demonstrates how methods used in economics can be applied to measure the success and failures of educational practices.All the contributions focus on precollege education and the discussion is largely based on the United States experience. One chapter looks at teaching in the United Kingdom, and another at international comparisons of incentives and student performance. Other topics include the effect of school quality on students' future earnings, merit pay for teachers, school spending and budgets, the relationship between competition and school quality, and proposals to improve secondary schools.Contributors : Masato Aoki. William J. Baumol. William E. Becker. John H.
Bishop. David Card. Elchanan Cohn. Peter Dolton. Susan F. Feiner. Rendigs Fels.
Frederick Flyer. Alan B. Krueger. Charles R. Link. James G. Mulligan. Sherwin Rosen.
Wilbert van der Klaauw.Copublished with the Russell Sage Foundation
|Figures and Tables|
|1||The Economist's Approaches||1|
|The Education Industry, Production Functions and Cost/Benefit Analysis|
|2||Some Economies of Precollege Teaching||17|
|3||Making U.S. Schools Competitive||41|
|4||The Economics of Market Choice and At-Risk Students||75|
|5||Incentives to Study and the Organization of Secondary Instruction||99|
|Student Performance and Panel Data Analysis|
|6||The Economic Return to School Quality||161|
|7||The Value of Repeat Data for Individual Students||183|
|Teacher Compensation and Duration Analysis|
|8||Methods of Teacher Remuneration: Merit Pay and Career Ladders||209|
|9||Teacher Salaries and Teacher Retention||239|
|About the Editors||273|