The Education Economics research area of the Jacobs Center seeks to provide a better understanding of how families, schools and society contribute to child and youth development. In order to provide answers to how public policy and educational institutions can foster the development of skills, the research area focusses on identifying factors have a causal impact on human capital development and educational decisions.
One important theme of the education economics group is to understand what role teachers and peers play for educational achievement and educational choices. Understanding peer and teacher effects promises insights into how to assign students and teachers to classes to maximize learning and to help disadvantaged students to develop their potential.
Another strand of the research conducted in the research area studies how policies such as paternal leave, childcare and tracking affect the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children and inequality of opportunity in society.