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Ludger Woessmann

The Importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement

Social Sciences Conference Monday, April, 29, 2019 19:30 hoours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. Simultaneous interpretation.  

Organized by:

Fundación Ramón Areces

In cooperation with:

Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación

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Some students in some countries do far better on international achievement test than students in other countries. Is this all due to differences in what students bring with them to school-socioeconomic background, cultural factors, and the like? Or do school systems make difference? This talk gives an overview about what we can learn from international student tests, covering the important role of educational achievement for economic prosperity, the limited role of resources in improving student achievement, and the important role of institutions – private competition, school autonomy, student assessments, and tracking – for improving student achievement. 

Monday, April 29       

19:00 h.

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The Importance of School Systems: Evidence from International Differences in Student Achievement

Ludger Woessmann
University of Munich.


Ludger Woessmann is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education at the ifo Institute. His main research interests are the determinants of long-run prosperity and of student achievement. He uses microeconometric methods to answer applied, policy-relevant questions of the empirical economics of education, often using international student achievement tests

Woessmann studied economics at Marburg University, the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the Advanced Studies Program of the Kiel Institute for World Economics, where he subsequently worked. He received his PhD from the University of Kiel.

In one of his latest published works, he addresses the importance of school systems by establishing which factors most affect student achievement.

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