Ben Wildavsky, 12 November 2010

Ben Wildavsky of the Kauffman Foundation talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his book ‘The Great Brain Race: How global universities are reshaping the world’. Among other things, they discuss higher education funding and student finance, the rapidly growing international mobility of students and faculty, and the potential problem of ‘academic protectionism’. The interview was recorded at the London School of Economics in October 2010. [Also read the transcript]

Catherine Haeck, Frank Verboven, 17 June 2010

How does a university organise its hiring and promotion policy? This column presents evidence on the personnel policy of a large European university. It suggests that the university is organised as an internal labour market, and while promotion dynamics depend on research and teaching performance, persistent administrative rigidities remain.

Romina Boarini, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, 24 September 2008

OECD governments spend a lot on education, but are their investments paying off? This column analyses how public policy affects individuals’ decisions to invest in education and identifies opportunities for reform.

Yao Amber Li , John Whalley, Shunming Zhang , Xiliang Zhao, 18 April 2008

Unlike most developing economies, China’s educational policy focuses on upgrading higher education. This column summarises the major transformation occurring in China – including nearly a quintupling in enrolments – and highlights its implications for the global economy.

Dan Ben-David, 14 March 2008

This second column on Israeli academic migration to the United States examines the differences in higher education policies that are driving the brain drain.

Frank Verboven, Stijn Kelchtermans, 08 October 2007

As most governments are still reluctant to raise private contributions through tuition fees, instead they have taken measures to reduce the wide duplication of study programmes across a large number of campuses. The authors of CEPR DP6508 study the welfare and profit effects of dropping duplicated programmes at individual institutions and find that this tends to be socially undesirable, due to limited cost savings and students’ relatively low mobility.

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