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Insights / Research BriefApr 12, 2021

What We Teach About Race and Gender: Representation in Images and Text of Children’s Books

Anjali Adukia, Alex Eble, Emileigh Harrison, Hakizumwami Birali Runesha, Teodora Szasz
Educators and caregivers are generally thoughtful about choosing books to read to their young children, or when selecting books for children to read themselves. They may look for books that entertain, educate, and otherwise incorporate values that they hold dear. However, if those values include race and gender diversity, they will have to search a little harder.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education
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Watch: What We Teach About Race and Gender: Representation in Images and Text of Children’s Books

Children learn many things from the books they read, and some of the most important...
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education

Race and Gender in Children’s Books

Interact with the charts below to compare out how race, gender, and age are represented in various categories of children's books throughout the last century.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefJan 22, 2021

Simple and Credible Value-Added Estimation Using Centralized School Assignment • Measuring Racial Discrimination in Algorithms

With the aggregation of more and more data, and with improvements in machine learning methods, firms and policymakers have developed algorithms to help them make decisions. For example, banks and credit card companies use algorithms to make decisions relating to a consumer’s creditworthiness. The idea is not only to make accurate assessments but to also remove any prejudice or other qualitative errors that could occur when people make such high-stakes decisions.
Topics:  K-12 Education, Technology & Innovation
Insights / Research BriefOct 09, 2019

Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees and Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction

For most young people and their parents who live in high-income countries, the decision to attend school is an easy one. School is universally available and free through high school, schooling is mandatory through the age of 16, and most jobs require at least a high school degree. Dropping out of school all but ensures a lifetime of relatively low income.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Health care, K-12 Education
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Discussion Section with Kevin Murphy, Featuring Derek Neal

Kevin Murphy, Derek Neal
Kevin Murphy talks with Derek Neal, The William C. Norby Professor in Economics, about education policy and the economics of public investment in education.
Topics:  K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefFeb 06, 2019

IQ, Expectations, and Choice and Human Frictions in the Transmission of Economic Policy

In the months and years following the Financial Crisis and Great Recession of 2007-09, the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank engaged in a number of unconventional policy measures meant to forestall a further drop in economic activity and, ultimately, to ignite economic growth. One of those measures, forward guidance, was intended to stimulate current consumption by informing the public that interest rates would be kept inordinately low for an extended period and hence increasing their inflation expectations.
Topics:  Monetary Policy, Financial Markets, K-12 Education, Higher Education & Workforce Training