[Marxism] Question about IZA-Institute of Labor Economics

Manuel Barrera mtomas3 at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 9 11:33:50 MDT 2017

Hello, I wonder if any on this list can provide information on a German-based foundation, IZA-Institute of Labor Economics. Here is the website: https://www.iza.org/en/about

They just published an interesting (sounding) study on the role of "Same race" teachers and educational outcomes, specifically among Black U.S. students (cf. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/study-black-students-from-poor-families-are-more-likely-to-graduate-high-school-if-they-have-at-least-one-black-teacher/ar-BBzBuQy?li=BBnbcA1). However, in their description they tout their interests as "building a bridge between science and society. We want to facilitate the communication of existing knowledge while at the same time stimulating research to close knowledge gaps. We see this approach as complementary to purely academic research. The transfer of scientific knowledge is an important task which has often been undervalued in traditional research and requires extra efforts." They also say they are seeking "to achieve a fair balance between individual wealth and societal wealth. In light of rapidly developing technological innovations and changing social policy needs, the search for effective solutions will remain a continuous challenge."

My  interest here is to find on-the-ground background knowledge about their credibility regarding their findings and their intents regarding the study I mentioned before about Black students benefiting from Black teachers. I'm sure some of you may simply think the issue is too much "identity politics". If so, just ignore the post and go about your business. Those of you who may some information, I would greatly appreciate it.



Study: Black students from poor families are more likely to graduate high school if they have at least one black teacher<http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/study-black-students-from-poor-families-are-more-likely-to-graduate-high-school-if-they-have-at-least-one-black-teacher/ar-BBzBuQy?li=BBnbcA1>
The results are most marked for male African American students from very low-income families, the Johns Hopkins research finds.

IZA - Institute of Labor Economics<https://www.iza.org/en/about>
IZA is an independent economic research institute that conducts research in labor economics and offers evidence-based policy advice on labor market issues.

Manuel Barrera, PhD

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