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Reassessing the view that American schools are broken

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  • Alan B. Krueger

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The author evaluates the popular belief that the U.S. public school system is flawed and can be corrected only through fundamental changes in the institutions governing education. He finds that the system is not inherently flawed, and may actually be reasonably effective. Based on these findings, he offers incremental proposals to improve U.S. schools.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its journal Economic Policy Review.

Volume (Year): (1998)
Issue (Month): Mar ()
Pages: 29-43

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fednep:y:1998:i:mar:p:29-43:n:v.4no.1

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  1. Alan Krueger, 1997. "Experimental Estimates of Education Production Functions," Working Papers 758, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section..
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  3. Petra E. Todd & Kenneth I. Wolpin, 2004. "The Production of Cognitive Achievement in Children: Home, School and Racial Test Score Gaps," PIER Working Paper Archive 04-019, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
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  5. Edward P. Lazear, 1999. "Educational Production," NBER Working Papers 7349, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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