Education Reform

Eric A. Hanushek
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde Eric A. Hanushek Edward P. Lazear Lee Ohanian Joshua D. Rauh Frank A. Wolak
Published Date
Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor
Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press
pp. 19-23

Performance of students in California has recently improved, but large numbers of students still remain poorly equipped to face a world of automation and economic change. Moreover, California’s economic future is in jeopardy, especially if the high cost of living impedes the flow of skilled in-migrants to the state. Cognitive skills of workers are closely related not only to their own labor market earnings but also to the economic health of the state. The strength of these relationships highlights the need for California to improve the quality of its schools.