Archive for January 6th, 2012

Lant Pritchett on India’s state of education

January 6, 2012

Lant Pritchett of Harvard summarises the latest findings of PISA-2009 (Programme for International Student Assessment). The findings were discussed in media as well.

Findings are dismal to say the least:

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Trying to prevent corruption? Separate careers of bureaucrats and politicians…

January 6, 2012

Carl Dahlström  and Victor Lapuente illuminate on role of bureaucracy and its linkages with politicians in this paper. The focus is on organisation design of politicians and bureaucrats and how should their roles be assigned to mitigate corruption. In the  process they tell you about how the overall machinery works with some country examples.

Their main point is that countries usually seperate activities of politicians and bureaucrats. Politicians work on policies and bureaucrats implement them. This is not an ideal set-up as it creates opportunities for abuse of power:

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Impact of 2007 recession on US schools

January 6, 2012

Rajashri Chakrabarti and Elizabeth Setren of NY Fed write this interesting paper. So one ahs seen the impact of recession of financial markets, economy, fiscal. monetary policy etc. They say what about US schools?

As the recession led to lower tax revenues for local governments, the funding to schools would have suffered as well as most supported by local govt funds. What was the impact on the schools?

The authors assess the impact on schools based in New York.  The findings are very interesting:

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