1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Education

Edited By Brian P. McCall Copyright 2022
    616 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    616 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The economics of education is a burgeoning area of study, employing increasingly sophisticated analytical tools to answer questions with high societal impact. Thus, the aim of this handbook is to provide readers with an up-to-date overview of the current state of the field of the economics of education and its main areas of research.

    This comprehensive handbook provides an authoritative overview of key theoretical and policy areas, covering topics like econometric methods for education economics, returns to education, competition in education provision, education and economic growth, and education and inequality. It reviews the current state of research from early childhood through postgraduate education as well as adult education and life-long learning. Offering a truly international perspective, the handbook benefits from a global group of contributors and attention to both developed and developing country contexts.

    The Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Education will be a valuable resource for advanced students, researchers, and policymakers across economics, education, and public policy.


    Brian P. McCall

    1. Econometric methods for education

    Luc Behaghel and Maria Florencia Pinto

    2. Early childhood education in the United States: what, when, where, who, how, and why

    Elizabeth U. Cascio

    3. Nearly three decades into the charter school movement, what has research told us about charter schools?

    Ron Zimmer, Richard Buddin, Sarah Ausmus Smith, and Danielle Duffy-Chipman

    4. School accountability

    Jason Burns and Katharine O. Strunk

    5. Evaluating teacher effectiveness: a review of historical developments and current trends

    Christopher D. Brooks and Matthew G. Springer

    6. Is education different? A review of the voucher literature and lessons for implementation

    Dennis Epple, Richard E. Romano, and Miguel Urquiola

    7. Teacher labor markets: what have we learned over the last decade?

    Jessalynn James and James Wyckoff

    8. Teacher labor markets in developing countries

    Lee Crawfurd and Todd Pugatch

    9. School resources and educational outcomes in developing countries

    Paul Glewwe, Celestine Siameh, Bixuan Sun, and Suzanne Wisniewski

    10. Peer effects in education

    Angela Cools and Eleonora Patacchini

    11. Socioeconomic inequalities in education beyond the early years

    Claire Crawford, Lindsey Macmillan, and Gill Wyness

    12. Factors shaping college investment and enrollment gaps

    George Bulman and Jesse Cunha

    13. Vocational education: an international perspective

    Celeste K. Carruthers and Christopher Jepsen

    14. College persistence and bachelor’s degree completion

    Brian P. McCall

    15. College majors

    Arpita Patnaik, Matthew Wiswall, and Basit Zafar

    16. Student loan borrowing and repayment decisions: risks and contingencies

    Kartik Athreya, Christopher Herrington, Felicia Ionescu, and Urvi Neelakantan

    17. For-profit colleges in the United States: insights from two decades of research

    Stephanie Riegg Cellini

    18. Competition in higher education

    Michael Kaganovich, Sinan Sarpca, and Xuejuan Su

    19. Education and economic growth

    Anna Valero


    Brian P. McCall is Professor of Education, Economics, and Public Policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a former co-editor of Economics of Education Review. His current research interests in the economics of education include the effect of scholarships on college persistence, completion, and earnings, the effect of college enrollment delay on college completion, and the impact of the Great Recession on educational attainment and earnings. He received his PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1988.