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LEER Conference on Education Economics 2018

2018 LEER Conference on Education Economics

4th LEER Conference on Education Economics

March 28-29, 2018, KU Leuven (Belgium)

This conference & workshop seeks to explore the use of economic and econometric techniques to study educational issues. We invite the submission of original research from colleagues working in the area. We especially welcome research which applies identification strategies as difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, static and dynamic choice modeling, (non-)parametric frontier models and structural equations. Both macro and micro-economic topics are of interest to this workshop. The conference is organized by the research center 'Leuven Economics of Education Research' (LEER) of the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven.

Pre-Conference Inaugural lecture by Eric Hanushek


Eric Hanushek provides an inaugural lecture on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 4.30 pm till 6.30 pm. The lecture overviews some of his recent work on teacher quality, school quality, accountability and equity in education. The lecture is open to a wide public thanks to a research grant from the Flemish government (SONO Center of expertise on Education). More details on the lecture will follow in February 2018. 


Conference Keynote speakers


Giorgio Brunello
University of Padova (Italy)


Eric Hanushek
Stanford University (USA)


Giorgio Brunello is Professor of Economics at the University of Padova. His research interests are the economics education and training, applied health and personnel economics. He is co-editor of ‘Economics of Education Review’, and member of the editorial board of ‘Applied Economics Perspectives and Policy’.


Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues. He has authored numerous, highly cited studies on the effects of class size reduction, high stakes accountability, the assessment of teacher quality, and other education related topics.


Daniel Münich
CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute - Czech Republic)


Herman Van de Werfhorst
University of Amsterdam
(the Netherlands)


Daniel Münich is an Associate Professor at CERGE, Charles University. His research deals with labor economics (empirical issues of unemployment, labor supply and policies, human capital, welfare schemes), economics of education and schooling (public vs. private schools, quality of education, efficiency and equity, selectivity) and bibliometric analysis.


Herman van de Werfhorst is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Herman's research interests include the sociology of education, social stratification and mobility, and labour market sociology. He is a member of the editorial board of ‘Sociology of Education’ and the ‘Journal of the American Sociological Association’. His talk will deal with "School Accountability and Social Inequality in Education: a Comparative Reform Study in Europe".