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Ludger Woessmann
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too h Woessmann Ludger Woessmann is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education and Innovation. He received his Ph.D. from Kiel University and his Habilitation from Technical University Munich, and he holds degrees from the Universities of Kent at Canterbury, Marburg, and the Advanced Studies Program at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, where he also worked before moving to Munich.

His main research interests are in the economics of education, with special focus on microeconometric analyses of international student achievement tests, in the determinants of economic growth, and in economic history. His research has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Economic Journal, and the European Economic Review. He has been the 2009/10 National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and has spent extended research visits at Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the German Academy of Science and Engineering acatech, and the Academic Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry of Economics. He coordinates the EU-funded European Expert Network on the Economics of Education (EENEE), a forum to promote and disseminate research on the Economics of Education in Europe.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in September 2001 and became a Research Fellow in December 2003.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
8016  Sascha O. Becker
Markus Nagler
Ludger Woessmann
Education Promoted Secularization
7850  Eric A. Hanushek
Guido Schwerdt
Simon Wiederhold
Ludger Woessmann
Returns to Skills around the World: Evidence from PIAAC
7151  Sascha O. Becker
Ludger Woessmann
Not the Opium of the People: Income and Secularization in a Panel of Prussian Counties
(published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2013, 103 (3), 539-544)
6889  Marc Piopiunik
Guido Schwerdt
Ludger Woessmann
Central School Exit Exams and Labor-Market Outcomes
(published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2013, 31, 93-108)
6829  Sascha O. Becker
Francesco Cinnirella
Erik Hornung
Ludger Woessmann
iPEHD: The ifo Prussian Economic History Database
(published in: Historical Methods, 2014, 47(2), 57-66)
6185  Eric A. Hanushek
Susanne Link
Ludger Woessmann
Does School Autonomy Make Sense Everywhere? Panel Estimates from PISA
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2013, 104, 212-232)
6083  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Lei Zhang
General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Life-Cycle
5773  Sascha O. Becker
Ludger Woessmann
Knocking on Heaven's Door? Protestantism and Suicide
5747  Stefan Bauernschuster
Oliver Falck
Ludger Woessmann
Surfing Alone? The Internet and Social Capital: Evidence from an Unforeseeable Technological Mistake
(published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2014, 117, 73-89)
5584  Sascha O. Becker
Katrin Boeckh
Christa Hainz
Ludger Woessmann
The Empire Is Dead, Long Live the Empire! Long-Run Persistence of Trust and Corruption in the Bureaucracy
(forthcoming in: Economic Journal, 2015)
5431  Guido Schwerdt
Dolores Messer
Ludger Woessmann
Stefan C. Wolter
Effects of Adult Education Vouchers on the Labor Market: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
(published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2012, 96 (7-8), 569-583)
5401  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
How Much Do Educational Outcomes Matter in OECD Countries?
(published in: Economic Policy, 2011, 26 (67), 427-491)
5101  Ludger Woessmann
Cross-Country Evidence on Teacher Performance Pay
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2011, 30 (3), 404-418)
5024  Oliver Falck
Ludger Woessmann
School Competition and Students' Entrepreneurial Intentions: International Evidence Using Historical Catholic Roots of Private Schooling
(published in: Small Business Economics, 2013, 40 (2), 459-478)
4999  Johannes Metzler
Ludger Woessmann
The Impact of Teacher Subject Knowledge on Student Achievement: Evidence from Within-Teacher Within-Student Variation
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2012, 99 (2), 486 - 496)
4926  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Sample Selectivity and the Validity of International Student Achievement Tests in Economic Research
(published in: Economics Letters, 2011, 110(2), 79-82)
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Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
The Economics of International Differences in Educational Achievement
(published in: E.A. Hanushek, S. Machin, L. Woessmann (eds.), Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 3, pp. 89-200, Amsterdam: North Holland, 2011)
4725  Martin Schlotter
Guido Schwerdt
Ludger Woessmann
Econometric Methods for Causal Evaluation of Education Policies and Practices: A Non-Technical Guide
(published in: Education Economics, 2011, 19 (2), 109-137)
4576  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Schooling, Cognitive Skills, and the Latin American Growth Puzzle
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2012, 99 (2), 497-512)
4575  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Do Better Schools Lead to More Growth? Cognitive Skills, Economic Outcomes, and Causation
(published in: Journal of Economic Growth, 2012, 17 (4), 267-321)
4557  Sascha O. Becker
Francesco Cinnirella
Ludger Woessmann
The Trade-off between Fertility and Education: Evidence from before the Demographic Transition
(published in: Journal of Economic Growth, 2010, 15 (3), 177–204)
4556  Sascha O. Becker
Erik Hornung
Ludger Woessmann
Catch Me If You Can: Education and Catch-up in the Industrial Revolution
(published as 'Education and Catch-up in the Industrial Revolution' in: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2011, 3 (3), 92-126)
3837  Sascha O. Becker
Ludger Woessmann
Luther and the Girls: Religious Denomination and the Female Education Gap in 19th Century Prussia
(published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2008, 110 (4), 777–805)
3818  Martin R. West
Ludger Woessmann
"Every Catholic Child in a Catholic School": Historical Resistance to State Schooling, Contemporary Private Competition, and Student Achievement across Countries
(published in: Economic Journal, 2010, 120(546), F229-F255)
2886  Sascha O. Becker
Ludger Woessmann
Was Weber Wrong? A Human Capital Theory of Protestant Economic History
(published in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2009, 124(2), 531-596)
2880  Ludger Woessmann
Fundamental Determinants of School Efficiency and Equity: German States as a Microcosm for OECD Countries
(published in: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik , 2010, 230 (2), 234-270)
1906  Gabriela Schütz
Heinrich W. Ursprung
Ludger Woessmann
Education Policy and Equality of Opportunity
(published in: Kyklos, 2008, 61 (2), 279-308)
1901  Eric A. Hanushek
Ludger Woessmann
Does Educational Tracking Affect Performance and Inequality? Differences-in-Differences Evidence across Countries
(published in: Economic Journal, 2006, 116 (510), C63-C76)
1287  Thomas Fuchs
Ludger Woessmann
What Accounts for International Differences in Student Performance? A Re-Examination Using PISA Data
(published in: Empirical Economics, 2007, 32 (2-3), 433-464)
1284  Ludger Woessmann
How Equal Are Educational Opportunities? Family Background and Student Achievement in Europe and the United States
(published in: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, 2008, 78 (1), 45-70)
746  Andreas Ammermüller
Hans Heijke
Ludger Woessmann
Schooling Quality in Eastern Europe: Educational Production During Transition
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2005, 24 (5), 579-599)
745  Ludger Woessmann
Educational Production in East Asia: The Impact of Family Background and Schooling Policies on Student Performance
(published in: German Economic Review, 2005, 6 (3), 331-353)
744  Martin R. West
Ludger Woessmann
Which School Systems Sort Weaker Students into Smaller Classes? International Evidence
(published in: European Journal of Political Economy, 2006, 22 (4), 944-968)
485  Ludger Woessmann
Martin R. West
Class-Size Effects in School Systems Around the World: Evidence from Between-Grade Variation in TIMSS
(published in: European Economic Review, 2006, 50 (3), 695-736)
484  John H. Bishop
Ludger Woessmann
Institutional Effects in a Simple Model of Educational Production
(published in: Education Economics, 2004, 12 (1), 17-38)
IZA Standpunkte:
No. Author(s)
69 Franziska Kugler
Guido Schwerdt
Ludger Woessmann
Ökonometrische Methoden zur Evaluierung kausaler Effekte der Wirtschaftspolitik
(forthcoming in: Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik)



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