publication . Article . 2014

The role of experimentation in education policy

Sally Sadoff;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Oxford Review of Economic Policy, volume 30, issue 4, pages 597-620
Abstract
As the gold standard for programme evaluation, experimentation is gaining increasing attention from education researchers and policy-makers. In this article I discuss how experimentation can be used to shape education policy moving forward. I first discuss how well-designed experiments can both build upon and inform a general framework for the education production function. Experiments within this framework can be particularly powerful when they draw on a wide range of disciplines including child development, psychology, and behavioural economics. Insights from these areas can help identify underlying mechanisms of the education production function and inform th...
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