Education Matters

Selected Essays by Alan B. Krueger

Economists of the Twentieth Century series

The late Alan B. Krueger, formerly Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, US

Education Matters presents in one volume many of Alan B. Krueger’s contributions to the economics of education. This invaluable collection of papers, based on his groundbreaking research from the 1990s, has been published in a wide range of professional outlets and has influenced public policy and research in the US and throughout the world.

‘Education Matters is a one-volume collection of the most important economics of education papers by the Princeton economist Alan Krueger, one of the most promising economists of the generation. It is fitting that Edward Elgar should publish this volume in their series Economists of the Twentieth Century as his work has been very influential in the field in the 1990s. . . Many of the papers are published in the most prominent journals like the Quarterly Journal of Economics, but several were originally published in more diverse outlets and are therefore more difficult to obtain. In this sense, this collection of papers is a valuable addition to any library. . . The most creditable aspect of Krueger’s work is that he has been brave enough to tackle most of the major policy questions relating to the economics of education. . . I would like to recommend this book as an excellent introduction to the economics of education that addresses many of the main questions of policy relevance in the field.’
– P. Dolton, Education Economics

‘The book, Education Matters, by Alan Krueger presents a useful collection of his essays. . .’
– John Mace, Higher Education Review

‘. . . likely to be a useful volume. Firstly, the articles span the very short period from 1991 to 1999, giving readers a good insight into Krueger’s research agenda. Secondly, they are very closely related to each other, and therefore provide an in-depth knowledge of the topic . . . I am very pleased to have been asked to review this book; both because I have gained a very broad view of the topic with plenty of insight into the minute details of the mechanism of applied research into the economics of education . . . and I am sure I will have constant opportunity to consult it in the course of my own research.’
– Gianni de Fraja, The Economic Journal

‘Alan Krueger has made a rich contribution to economics of education. Education Matters represents some of his most important recent research. It also presents a rich blend of methodological and empirical aspects. It includes fifteen of his most important contributions. . . The volume provides in one place some of the best research of Krueger. It covers a wide range of important issues in economics of education. . . it is a rich collection that gives a high flavour of the nature and direction of growth of economics of education in the 1990s. Beyond doubt, it stands as a major contribution to the literature on economics of education, that one would desire to have in their bookshelf as a handy valuable reference volume.’
– Jandhyala B.G. Tilak, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration

2000 512 pp Hardback 978 1 84064 106 6 £117.00 £130.00 $170.10 $189.00

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