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Economics of Education Policy Center

The Economics of Education Policy Center works with faculty across Georgia College to produce cutting-edge and policy-relevant research, to promote dialogue about improving state and local education policymaking and to engage undergraduate students in doctoral-level research.

Center Director Dr. Ben Scafidi, associate professor of economics in the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, works with university faculty researching educational problems, such as the access and effectiveness of advanced placement courses. The center also has developed a new and more accurate measure of teacher attrition, teacher quality and the effect of high school grading standards on success in college.

The center hosts seminars on improving K-12 education, inviting business leaders, policymakers and legislators together to discuss important education reform issues.

Scafidi offers his expertise on local, regional, state and national education issues. He is often quoted on education policy topics in media outlets throughout Georgia and as a resource by state education agencies, school systems and elected officials from both major political parties.

The center director guides student research on the impact of the HOPE Scholarship program, the effect of class sizes on teacher quality, achievement gaps between groups of students and the calculation of high school graduation rates.

That in-depth undergraduate research helps Georgia College students earn admission to top-notch graduate programs.

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