This book aims to contribute to the World Bank’s education agenda by communicating research findings on the impact of education quality on economic growth. Eric Hanushek and Ludger Wößmann show that indeed the quality of education, rather than mere access to education, is what impacts economic growth. These world-renowned researchers use data on economic growth and student cognitive skills to help shift the dialogue to the ever-pressing issue of education quality.  

The authors have done a great service to the development community. This work will lead to further research on the issue of learning outcomes in developing countries and to sustained interest in the quality of education in World Bank education programs. Ruth Kagia, Harry Patrinos, Tazeen Fasih, and Verónica Grigera commented on the report. The production of this report was managed by the World Bank Office of the Publisher.