Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Cool people you should know: Randy Reback

Randy Reback is an economist at Barnard College. He studies loads of stuff, including school accountability, school finance, school choice, and teacher labor markets. You can find his papers here. Some of his cool findings are reported in this post on educational triage, but here are some more:
  • The presence of teacher certification programs in colleges affects who goes into teaching: The addition of teacher certification programs that could be completed within four undergraduate years could increase rates of entry into public school teaching by at least 50% among recent graduates of certain selective colleges.

  • School choice programs affect housing prices: Reback found that residential properties appreciate significantly in school districts where students are able to transfer to preferred school districts, whereas residential property values decline in districts that accept transfer students.

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