Ludger Woessmann

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Ludger Woessmann is a Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education at the ifo Institute.[1]

How their work relates to education systems

Woessmann has studied testing in schools across 59 different countries. The research found that expansion of standardized external comparisons, as through the PISA tests, has led to improvements in student achievement. The research also found that "the introduction fo solely internal testing and internal teacher monitoring including inspectorates does not affect student achievement."[2] Ultimately, the results showed that there are pitfalls with making overly broad generalizations about student testing.[2]

Ludger Woessmann.

Some of Woesmann's other work has explored the educational achievement gap in Latin America, the growth in cognitive skills that arise as a result of educational achievement, and education systems' impact on a country's economic growth.[3],[4],[5]

Brief biography

Ludger Woessmann's main research interests are the determinants of long-run prosperity and of student achievement. He uses microeconometric methods to answer applied, policy-relevant questions of the empirical economics of education, often using international student achievement tests. Special focuses address the importance of education for economic prosperity – individual and societal, historical and modern – and the importance of institutions of the school systems for efficiency and equity. Further research topics cover aspects of economic history, economics of religion, and the Internet.[6],[7]

He is Fellow of the International Academy of Education, Member of 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, former Chairman of the Research Committee on Economics of Education in the German Economic Association, and coordinator of the European Expert Network on the Economics of Education (EENEE). He is co-editor of the Handbook of the Economics of Education and co-organizer of the annual CESifo Area Conference on the Economics of Education and held over 350 invited presentations. Among his over 300 academic publications are over 90 articles in refereed journals.[6]

Woessmann is a member of the RISE Intellectual Leadership Team.[6]

Key publications related to education systems

See also


  1. ifo Institute. "Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann." Accessed 2021-08-31
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bergbauer, A., Hanushek, E. and Woessmann, L. 2018. Testing. Working Paper Series. 18/025.
  3. Hanushek, E.A., Woessmann, L., Schooling, educational achievement, and the Latin American growth puzzle, J. Dev. Econ. (2012), doi:10.1016/j.jdeveco.2012.06.004.
  4. Hanushek, Eric A., and Ludger Woessmann. "Do better schools lead to more growth? Cognitive skills, economic outcomes, and causation." Journal of economic growth 17.4 (2012): 267-321.
  5. "Ludger Woessmann - Key Contributions". Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Ludger Woessmann". RISE Programme. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  7. "Ludger Woessmann". Ludger Woessmann. Retrieved 2021-08-27.