Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

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CGD’s work in education focuses on the role education can play in building more equal and prosperous societies.

CGD’s education program focuses on broad welfare goals and seeks to understand the role education can play in addressing inequity. Despite the tremendous progress that has been made in getting girls and boys into school, education has not yet fulfilled its promise of being the great societal equalizer. Gender inequality remains acute and deeply rooted in the economic, political and social spheres in developing countries. Intergenerational mobility is declining, not increasing. Poor children get educated in bad schools where they do not acquire basic numeracy and literacy skills while rich children attend good schools.

Our research examines the mechanisms through which education can give children equal life opportunities and build the human capital that nations need to prosper.