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Curing Baumol’s Disease: In Search of Productivity Gains in Public Education

BY Laura Anderson
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Paul Hill and Marguerite Roza

Published in July 2010 by Center on Reinventing Public Education

This paper first explores the past and future outlook for education absent productivity gains. The authors then discuss several areas in which labor-intensive businesses have improved productivity: information technology, deregulation, redefinition of the product, increased efficiency in the supply chain, investments by key beneficiaries, production process innovations, carefully defined workforce policies, and organizational change. They conclude with a five-step agenda for finding the cure for Baumol’s* disease in public education.

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