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Seminar: Econometric Evaluation of Education Reforms (Woessmann/Zierow)

Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann and Dr. Larissa Zierow

Organizational meeting: 25 January, 2018, 12:00-14:00 Uhr, room A U113 (main building)
Block seminar: 13-15 June, 2018 at Fraueninsel im Chiemsee, Abtei Frauenwörth


Governments regularly expose education systems to different kinds of reforms. How do these reforms affect the outcomes of students? Which reforms are successful in raising the efficiency and equity of the education system? This seminar will discuss recent research that evaluates education reforms with up-to-date microeconometric methods. A particular focus will be on difference-in-differences approaches that make use of variation in the implementation of reforms across regions within a country over time. Examples of topics that will be covered include the German G8 reforms, reforms of compulsory schooling laws, reforms of school tracking, child-care expansion, school autonomy reforms, and increases in educational spending.

Prerequisite: content of the lecture “Bildungsökonomik”

Recommended: interest in econometrics


The seminar will be supported by the Hanns Martin Schleyer-Stiftung and the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung within the Universitas-Förderinitiative “Dialog Wissenschaft und Praxis”.