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October 12, 2005

Top Economist to Address Charter Schools' Impact on Student Achievement

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—One of the nation’s leading scholars on the economics of education will address the impact of charter schools on student achievement at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Stoddard Auditorium.

Harvard University Professor of Economics Caroline Hoxby will give the 2005 annual Department of Economics lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Hoxby has written extensively on the effects of charter schools and school choice in primary and secondary education. In a recent study on Chicago students, she found students who applied to and attended charter schools starting in the elementary grades scored higher on subsequent math and reading tests than those who did not.

Other areas Hoxby has studied include peer effects in education, the effects of class size on student achievement, the effects of bilingual education versus English immersion and the changing nature of competition among colleges and universities.

Currently the director of the Economics of Education Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Hoxby’s research has garnered numerous awards, including a Carnegie Fellowship, a John M. Olin Fellowship, a National Tax Association Award and a major grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard in 1988, Hoxby received her master’s degree from the University of Oxford in 1990, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship, and her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. Later that year, she accepted a post as assistant professor of economics at Harvard University and, in 2001, was promoted to her current title of Allie S. Freed Professor of Economics.

Among her other roles, Hoxby serves as a presidential appointee to the National Board for Education Sciences and editor of The B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy and the Hoover Institution’s Education Next journal. In 1996, she provided testimony to Congress on higher education, elementary and secondary education initiatives and college costs.

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