The Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award awarded to Prof. Camille Terrier
Camille Terrier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne, has been given an award for the best article presented at the CESifo Area Conference on the Economics of Education 2019 in Munich.
Conferences that contribute academically to improving education
CESifo, an independent global research network based in Munich, aims to advance the international sharing of knowledge on economics and economic policy. The network organises conferences, including the CESifo Area Conference on the Economics of Education 2019, which bring together the world’s leading economists researching issues relating to education systems. The aim is to make an academic contribution to policy discussions on improving education. Each year, the CESifo group selects three young researchers to join the network. Camille Terrier was nominated and received the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award for her article “Fiscal and Education Spillovers from Charter School Expansion”, co-authored with Matthew Ridley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
What is the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award?
The award is given to the best article presented at the conference and aims to encourage young researchers who have completed their PhD within the previous five years. Awarded by a committee led by Eric A. Hanushek, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the prize offers Camille Terrier the opportunity to attend the group’s annual conference and have her article published alongside CESifo’s prestigious research.
Expansion and effects of charter schools in the state of Massachusetts
Camille Terrier’s research analyses the effects of the expansion of charter schools in the United States. These are a new type of school, which have much greater autonomy than traditional publicly funded schools, particularly in terms of teaching methods and recruitment. The rapid expansion of charter schools over the last ten years has prompted an increasing number of concerns over the negative effect on the finances of other institutions, which are losing pupils, and on their results. For this research, the authors analysed the effect of a reform adopted in 2011, which significantly increased the number of charter schools in the state of Massachusetts. The authors show that, contrary to the fears expressed, the expansion of charter schools did not have the negative effect expected. In reality, the competition created by the emergence of new, alternative schools seems to have encouraged existing schools to increase some areas of spending, in order to retain pupils.
par HEC communication