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Understanding the Economics of Education

Yale SOM’s Seth Zimmerman uses the tools of economics to offer data-driven answers to real issues facing education students, parents, and schools.

Seth Zimmerman
  • How do you run a large school district?

    The newly appointed superintendent of New Haven Public Schools talked with Yale Insights about what kind of leadership is needed in education.

  • Can educational success scale?

    Efforts to improve the U.S. educational system come from all directions, ranging from the president’s Race to the Top program to PTO bake sales. But debate rages about what efforts are genuinely effective. We talked with an expert with first-hand experience building successful schools for one perspective.

  • Is the Gates Foundation remaking education

    Hilary Pennington '83 is the Gates Foundation's director for special initiatives. She talked with Qn about leading the foundation’s effort to build the country’s social capital by rethinking postsecondary education and the challenges faced by the nonprofit sector in this economic climate.