CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Some Economics of Parental Leave
“In a nutshell, there is little compelling evidence that extended parental leave rights have an overall positive effect on female outcomes. The policies with the strongest evidence for reducing gender disparities seem to be early childhood spending (in both cross-country and microdata) and in-work benefits (in the microdata). A potential common theme here is that making it easier to be a working mother may matter more than the length of leave or the payments.”
Setting the Record Straight on Educational Choice | Jay P. Greene’s Blog
the research literature is generally positive. The few negative findings are disconcerting and should cause education reformers to think critically about policy design, but the literature still generally finds that students exercising school choice tend to perform as well or better than their district school peers, they’re more likely to graduate high school and enroll in college, they’re less likely to be involved in crime, and all these positive effects come at a much lower cost per pupil to the taxpayer. Additionally, the overwhelming majority of studies find that choice programs have a modest but statistically significant positive effect of the performance of district schools.
Which card earns the most United miles per dollar? A surprising answer… – Frequent Miler
If you find that you can’t use your 7 night certificate, you may have luck in returning the certificate for 45,000 Marriott points. Since those 45,000 Marriott points can be converted to 15,000 SPG points, that’s a 15K refund. Your net cost in SPG points for those 132,000 United miles would be only 75,000 SPG points (90K – 15K). Now we can recalculate the United miles earned per dollar by the SPG card: 132K / 75K = 1.76 United Miles per Dollar!
Surprising Test Results For Some Of The World’s Richest Students | The Huffington Post
The data also makes for some jarring comparisons: Canada’s fourth decile performs as well as Chile’s top socioeconomic tier. Taiwan’s bottom sliver performs about as well as Montenegro’s wealthiest 10 percent. Vietnam’s bottom 10 percent slightly eclipses Peru’s top 10 percent. And the poorest kids in Poland perform about on par with Americans in the fourth decile.
TheMoneyIllusion » Argentina, Chile and China
Argentina’s an interesting case to think about. It’s a sort of composite of the worst of Chile and the worst of China. Chile scores extremely high on economic freedom, the only developing country in the top 10 (unless Estonia is viewed as developing). Argentina ranks 156 out of 180. China’s sort of the opposite of Chile. It ranks pretty low on economic freedom (#111), but (probably) pretty high on PISA scores. I say “probably” because the scores being reported are for Shanghai, which is definitely smarter than the average Chinese city or village. Indeed Shanghai scores above any other country in the world, including high achieving city-states like Hong Kong and Singapore. Nonetheless, based on other studies I’ve seen, I am confident that China would still do pretty well on a more national PISA exam. Perhaps about at Vietnam’s level. (Vietnam is roughly comparable to Finland, and far above the US, UK or Sweden.)
TheMoneyIllusion » In China, the nominal wages are real
Across China’s labour force as a whole, hourly incomes now exceed those in every major Latin American state apart from Chile, and are at around 70 per cent of the level in weaker eurozone countries, according to data from Euromonitor International, a research group.