UNESCO Report Cites Econ Professor, Ph.D. Alumni’s Work

09/03/2014 02:31 PM

BATON ROUGE – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, recently released a report titled Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All that cites the work of Naci Mocan and Colin Cannonier. The work cited is “Empowering Women Through Education: Evidence from Sierra Leone.”

Mocan, who holds the Ourso Distinguished Chair in Economics as a professor in the department, and Cannonier, who earned his Ph.D. in economics and is now an assistant professor of economics at Belmont University, issued their working paper through the National Bureau of Economic Research in April 2012. NBER working papers are circulated for discussion and comment purposes. They have not been peer-reviewed or been subject to the review by the NBER Board of Directors that accompanies official NBER publications.

In their paper, Mocan and Cannonier used data from Sierra Leone “where a substantial education program provided increased access to education for primary-school age children but did not benefit children who were older.” They found that the program has increased educational attainment and that an increase in education has changed women’s preferences and had an impact on their attitudes toward matters that impact women’s health and violence against women.

Mocan and Connonier’s work was highlighted in the report’s third chapter—Schooling Can Save the Planet: Higher levels of education lead to more concern for the environment.

To read the working paper in full, visit http://www.nber.org/papers/w18016.

The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide its undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to understand the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research, a highly regarded academic journal, is edited within the department. 


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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2014