Book Launch: The Knowledge Capital of Nations
January 28, 2016Washington, D.C


Join us to discuss the latest book by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, where the authors make a simple, central claim: knowledge is the key to a country's development. They argue that although school attainment is the common focus, time in school provides a very misleading picture of how skills enter into development. The authors contend that the cognitive skills of the population -- which they term the "knowledge capital" of a nation -- are essential to long-run prosperity. Hanushek and Ludger call for an education system that develops effective accountability, promotes choice and competition, and provides direct rewards for good performance.

Read the blog and view the video recording.

  • Presenter

    Eric Hanushek,
    Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution of Stanford University
  • Chair

    Claudia Costin
    Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
  • Discussant

    Harry Patrinos
    Education Practice Manager, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank Group
  • DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • TIME: 12:30pm-2:00pm
  • LOCATION: World Bank Group, J Building (J 1-050), 701 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.
  • ONLINE: Join via WebEx . Meeting#: 737425530; Password: HXp9bFwB
  • CONTACT: Patricia da Camara