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Welcome to PEPG

Established in 1996 under the direction of Paul E. Peterson, the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements. Located within Harvard University's Government Department and the Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PEPG continues to fulfill its core missions:

  • Provide high-level scientific training for young scholars who can make independent contributions to scholarly research;
  • Foster a national community of reform-minded scientific researchers; and
  • Produce path-breaking studies that provide a scientific basis for school reform policy.

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Education Cities: A Decade of Education Reform in American Cities
A conference to be hosted by PEPG on May 6 and 7, 2019. Click for details.

The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance
New research from Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Laura M. Talpey and Ludger Woessmann. Click for more research.

Event: Have We Closed Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps?
The Hoover Institution and PEPG co-sponsored this live-streamed event in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2019.

The 2019 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

Read the latest EdNext-PEPG poll results.


Master's, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Education Entrepreneurship

Available at the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance Harvard Kennedy School

Applications are invited for master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships focused on Education Entrepreneurship and Education Policy with the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Click here for application deadlines and full fellowship requirements

2019 PEPG Annual Report

Discover the latest from PEPG in teaching, research and outreach, including papers, editorials and a note from PEPG director Paul E. Peterson.

Click here for more from the 2018 report.

The Achievement Gap Fails to Close
Half century of testing shows persistent divide between haves and have-nots
By Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Laura M. Talpey, and Ludger Woessmann

Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students?
International evidence on teacher cognitive skills and student performance
By Eric A. Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold

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The Unwavering SES Achievement Gap: Trends in U.S. Student Performance
Eric A. Hanushek
Paul E. Peterson
Laura M. Talpey
Ludger Woessmann

Experimental Estimates of Impacts of Cost-Earnings Information on Adult Aspirations for Children's Postsecondary Education
Albert Cheng
Paul E. Peterson

Union Reform and Teacher Turnover: Evidence from Wisconsin's Act
Jonathan Roth

Parental Perceptions of Charter Schools: Evidence from Two Nationally Representative Surveys of U. S. Parents
Samuel Barrows
Albert Cheng
Paul E. Peterson
Martin R. West

The Effect of Private School Vouchers on Political Participation: Experimental Evidence from New York City
Deven Carlson
Matthew M. Chingos
David E. Campbell

April 7, 2019
Can We Fix the Schools? (Maybe Not.)
The Washington Post

March 18, 2019
The War on Poverty Remains a Stalemate
The Wall Street Journal

March 27, 2018
Exclusive Analysis: New Harvard Study Shows Public Support for Charter Schools Has Jumped 10 Points In Last Year
The 74

March 1, 2018
Former PEPG Fellow Martina G. Viarengo named Eishenhower Fellow for Spring Global Program 2018

Sept. 15, 2017
Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Feb. 6, 2017
The Search for Education Equity

Dec. 13, 2016
Trump's Education Pick: A Win for Public-School Parents
The Wall Street Journal


The 2019 PEPG Annual Report is now available. Click for the latest from PEPG as well as all previous reports.

A Conversation on Empowering Parents with Secretary Betsy DeVos
PEPG co-sponsored a discussion with the U.S. Secretary of Education with the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Appointed Visiting Fellow to PEPG
Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida, founder and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and candidate for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination, will also deliver the 2016 Godkin Lecture on September 29.

Harvard Kennedy School launches new Fellowships in Education Entrepreneurs at PEPG - Multi-year grant will support tuition fellowships, policy research, and training

School Vouchers Help Low-income Minority Students Earn a College Degree - New research from Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson.

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Taubman 304
Cambridge, MA 02138

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