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Economics of Education

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Simon Mark Burgess

Période de validité: 2017 ->

Horaires du cours (Apériodique)

Date Lieu Remarque Thématique Intervenant(s)
14.10.2019 de 13:30 à 17:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
15.10.2019 de 08:30 à 12:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
16.10.2019 de 08:30 à 12:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
17.10.2019 de 08:30 à 12:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
18.10.2019 de 08:30 à 12:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
18.10.2019 de 13:30 à 17:00 IDHEAP/004    Simon Mark Burgess
21.10.2019 de 13:30 à 17:00 IDHEAP/003    Simon Mark Burgess

Cours (optionnel)

Semestre d'automne
26 heures par semestre
Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 3.00


This course provides a thorough and in-depth treatment of the application of microeconomic analysis to education. The idea is that at the end of the course, students will have a sound grasp of the insights and evidence that economics can bring to the study of education; will understand the issues involved in designing an education system and in education reform; and will be able to read, understand and critique economics research in education.


Topics will include general analysis of human capital formation, the role of family, school resources, teachers and pupils in raising attainment, the appropriate governance, regulation and market structure for schools. While the course will review theoretical models of investment, incentive structure, and markets to gain insights for studying behaviour, the course will focus more on empirical evidence, and in particular it will emphasise causal studies. The unit aims to build in students an appreciation of the issues involved in education reform, the possibilities and the limitations.


Written individual exam during the "standard" session.
Without documents.
Retake : Written 2 H without documentation.


There is no single textbook that covers the course, and the bulk of the reading will be scientific journal articles. Here are a few example readings:
Björklund, A. and Salvanes, K. (2011) 'Education and Family Background: Mechanisms and Policies.' Handbook of the Economics of Education, vol. 3, edited by E. Hanushek, S. Machin and L. Woessmann.
Burgess, S., Greaves, E., Vignoles, A. and Wilson, D. (2014) 'What Parents Want: School Preferences and School Choice.' The Economic Journal, doi: 10.1111/ecoj.12153.
Hanushek, E. and Woessmann, L. (2011) 'The Economics of International Differences in Educational Achievement.' Handbook of the Economics of Education vol 3, Edited by Eric A. Hanushek, Stephen Machin and Ludger Woessmann.
Jackson, C.K., Rockoff, J. and Staiger, D. (2014) 'Teacher Effects and Teacher-Related Policies.' Annual Review of Economics, August 2014, pp. 801-825.

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