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Ludger Woessmann

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Ludger Woessman is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Woessman was a Hoover Institution National Fellow in 2010. 

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Recent Commentary


Apprenticeship Programs In A Changing Economic World

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia EducationNext
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The nagging problem of significant numbers of youth leaving school unprepared for career employment has revitalized interest in vocational education, particularly apprenticeships. Support for vocational education comes from people across the political spectrum, from both labor and business groups, and from the popular media. The clearest manifestation in policy is President Trump’s executive order that calls for immediate expansion of existing apprenticeship programs while simultaneously disparaging the effectiveness of current education and training programs.


It Pays To Improve School Quality

by Eric Hanushek, Jens Ruhose, Ludger Woessmannvia Education Next
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

States that boost student achievement could reap large economic gains.

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The Knowledge Capital of Nations

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Thursday, January 7, 2016

In this book Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann make a simple, central claim, developed with rigorous theoretical and empirical support: knowledge is the key to a country’s development.


Teach The World

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia Foreign Affairs
Friday, August 21, 2015

Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals Should Focus on Education.

Analysis and Commentary

Universal Basic Skills And Sustainable Development Goals

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia EducationNext
Monday, June 1, 2015

Ministers and education officials from a wide range of countries and international agencies converged on Incheon in the Republic of Korea last month to discuss a new set of development goals at the World Education Forum. A draft document lays out a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that included education goals to be accomplished by 2015.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Universal Basic Skills Should Be The Primary Development Goal

by Eric Hanushek, Ludger Woessmannvia The World Economic Forum
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Later this year, the UN will set the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals will follow on from the previous Millennium Development Goals. The plethora of targets that is likely to emerge will make it hard to use them either as policy levers for change or as a means of charting progress. Instead, because knowledge capital is of utmost importance for inclusive world development, the primary post-2015 development goal should be that all youth achieve at least basic skills. The boost to future prosperity would be immense.

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In the News

Not Just the Problems of Other People's Children: U.S. Student Performance in Global Perspective

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Ludger Woessmannvia Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
“The big picture of U.S. performance on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is straightforward and stark: It is a picture of educational stagnation.... Fifteen-year-olds in the U.S. today are average in science and reading literacy, and below average in mathematics, compared to their counterparts in [other industrialized] countries.”