Ludger Woessmann is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education. He is interested in the determinants of long-run prosperity and of student achievement. His research investigates the role of education for economic prosperity and the role of school-system institutions for efficiency and equity, often using international student achievement data. Together with Eric Hanushek, he has published “Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain”, which quantifies the economic gains from universal literacy. His work has won many awards and is widely cited in the research community and the policy arena.
Ludger is a member of the International Academy of Education, the German National Academy of Sciences, and the Academic Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Economics, coordinator of the European Expert Network on the Economics of Education (EENEE), and co-editor of the Handbook of the Economics of Education. He studied economics at Marburg University and the University of Kent at Canterbury and received his PhD from the University of Kiel. He just spent half a year as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and has previously spent several extended research visits at Stanford and Harvard University. For further details, see his website at https://sites.google.com/view/woessmann-e/home.