School reforms and improved life outcomes for disadvantaged children

David N. Figlio*

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In this chapter I describe the treatment of disadvantaged families in the United States education system today, and present an economics perspective regarding the likely consequences of education reforms, both popular and lesstested, in terms of improving the life outcomes of disadvantaged children. In this chapter I concentrate on the potential education reforms where economics offers the most insight-policies concerning school spending and class size; teacher quality and teacher compensation; and other market-based policies such as school choice and school accountability. In each case I describe the rationales for the proposed policies and discuss the distributional consequences of the policies, especially the potential effects on disadvantaged children, should the policies be universally adopted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better
Subtitle of host publicationForward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families
PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9780871544667
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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