Identity and Schooling: Some Lessons for the Economics of Education

  title={Identity and Schooling: Some Lessons for the Economics of Education},
  author={George A. Akerlof and Rachel Kranton},
  journal={Journal of Economic Literature},
This review culls noneconomic literature on education--by sociologists, anthropologists, and practitioners to present a new economic theory of students and schools. This theory elaborates two themes that have eluded economic analysis. First is the student as decision-maker whose primary motivation is her identity. Second is a conception of the school as a social institution. This framework suggests a new perspective on questions such as resource allocation and school reform. It explains why… 

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