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City Club of Cleveland - Choices, Incentives, Accountability, Professionalism: The Latest Innovations in Education Reform
Caroline Minter Hoxby
Allie S. Freed Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Caroline Minter Hoxby, one of the nation's foremost experts on school choice, teacher pay, teacher quality, financing public schools, and methods for scientific, quantitative evaluation of educational policies, will explore three areas of education in the United States: the relevance of comparisons between achievement by American students and those in other countries; the latest evidence on charter schools and their impact on surrounding public schools; and the benefits of designing policies to reward talented teachers.

Hoxby, director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and member of the Hoover-Koret Task Force on Education, has a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2004, she was appointed to the National Board for Education Sciences.

Hoxby's books include 'The Economics of School Choice' and 'College Choices: The Economics of Where to Go, When to Go, and How to Pay for It. Some of her best known work demonstrates that public schools respond positively to competition from other public schools, from vouchers and from charter schools. In addition, she has conducted studies comparing the achievement of charter school students with that of 'lotteried-out' applicants who remain in the regular public schools.

Hoxby's other recent work on K-12 education includes research on bilingual education, class size, teacher pay and teacher quality. About half of her research is on higher education, where she focuses especially on college choice.
March 6, 2006