Evidence Session 1 - Skills

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The Role of Skills in a Growth Strategy for the UK

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2012
Time: 10.00am
Location: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics


Eric Hanushek - download slides
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, and his work on efficiency, resource usage, and economic outcomes of schools has frequently entered into the design of both US and international educational policy.

Stephen Machin - download slides
Professor of Economics at University College London, Research Director at the Centre for Economic Performance, a member of the Low Pay Commission and Director of the Centre for the Economics of Education.

Ludger Wößmann - download slides
Professor of Economics and Head of Human Capital and Innovation at CES Ifo Institute for Economic Research, University of Munich.


In this session, Eric Hanushek, Stephen Machin and Ludger Wößmann gave their views on the role skills should play in the formulation and implementation of a strategy to secure long-term growth for the UK, reflecting on lessons from international experience and state of the art academic literature.

For a full summary of the talking points from this event, please see the evidence session summary document [PDF].

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Please note that the views expressed by the evidence givers do not necessarily reflect those of the LSE Growth Commissioners.