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Queensland Economy Watch

LSE's Stephen Machin to deliver public policy evaluation Winter school at O'Reilly's Gold Coast

Resolving the existence and direction of causality between education and crime can be important for public policy, because it could justify additional resources devoted to education, with a view to reducing crime. Earlier this decade, LSE Professor Stephen Machin and his colleagues used innovative statistical techniques, based on the quasi-experiments generated by changes in the compulsory school leaving age in Britain, to prove that education does have a negative impact on crime (see this LSE working paper, later published in the prestigious Economic Journal).  LSE’s Professor Machin is one of the world’s leading experts in using innovative techniques to evaluate the impact of public policy measures.


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The Crime Reducing Effect of Education

CEP Labour Markets

Stephen Machin webpage


News Posted: 27/04/2017      [Back to the Top]

India Today

Pack your bags for the 8 happiest places on earth

Recently when the World Happiness Report of 2017 was released by the United Nations, it gave us a new list of countries where you will see all the happy faces. While some of us may wonder how one can measure happiness, let us help you out.  The editors of the report John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, and Jeffrey Sachs, believe that happiness is increasingly considered the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy.

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Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network. ISBN 978-0-9968513-5-0

http://worldhappiness.report/


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India Today - Pack your bags for the 8 happiest places on earth

CEP Wellbeing

Richard Layard webpage


News Posted: 20/04/2017      [Back to the Top]

The New York Times

How child care enriches mothers, and especially the sons they raise

More than parental leave or flexible schedules, it was government spending on early childhood care and education that had the single biggest effect on boosting women’s employment, earnings and fertility rate and on decreasing gender pay gaps. One reason: It helps women work, while other policies help them take breaks from work, according to the authors, Claudia Olivetti of Boston College and Barbara Petrongolo of Queen Mary University of London. “Making it easier to be a working mother mattered most,” Ms. Olivetti said. “There is a higher premium for careers from staying in the market.”


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The Economic Consequences of Family Policies: Lessons from a Century of Legislation in High-Income Countries

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Barbara Petrongolo webpage


News Posted: 20/04/2017      [Back to the Top]

Schools Week

Phonics boosts reading accuracy, study finds

Previous research into the effectiveness of phonics also hasn’t all been positive. A report by the London School of Economics found the phonics method had a large effect at the age of 5 and 7, but “no measureable effect on pupils’ reading scores at age 11”.

 

Related publications

In brief…Children’s reading: evaluating a new teaching method’, Stephen Machin, Sandra McNally and Martina Viarengo.  Article in CentrePiece Volume 21, Issue 1, Summer 2016

 

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Martina Viarengo CEP Alumni webpage:  http://personal.lse.ac.uk/viarengo/


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in brief... Children's reading: evaluating a new teaching method

CEP Education and Skills

Stephen Machin webpage

Sandra Mcnally webpage


News Posted: 20/04/2017      [Back to the Top]