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Economics of Education for Policymakers (Parts I and II) E-Learning

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Economics of Education for Policymakers and Practitioners 

 In Latin America, there are 2.5 million children out of school—1.2 million of them girls.

The "Economics of Education for Policymakers" e-learning program helps education professionals make better use of economics tools when making complex decisions to improve quality, efficiency, equity, and sustainability of education systems. The principles learned—or refreshed--in these two courses, also provide a useful foundation for workshops and courses offered by the WBI Skills Development program.

These courses are highly participatory and stimulate critical thinking and reflection as participants apply the skills and concepts to both the exercises in the course as well as their daily work in the education sector. Ongoing e-discussions offer great opportunities for participants to learn from each other as practitioners and from your facilitators.

This e-learning program, offered in English, is divided into two six-week courses. Part I covers basic economic concepts, such as education as an investment, costs, efficiency, equality, and education finance. Part II covers slightly more advanced topics, including economic evaluation of education programs, demand, supply and equilibrium, production, and a final exercise that allows participants to apply all concepts learned in the program. While it is recommended that participants take Part I before they take Part II, this is not necessary.

Course Fees and Certification

The fee for each of these e-learning courses is $600. However, we are pleased to inform you that you will receive a discount if you register for both Part I and Part II together. The fee for both courses is $1,000 – a discount of $200.  Once you are accepted to the course, you will receive a confirmation letter with our bank information where you will be able to deposit your course fees. You will also be sent a back up CD-ROM which contains all the course materials for your reference in case you have trouble connecting to the Internet. Finally, those participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from the World Bank Institute.


  • To register for “Economics of Education for Policymakers (Part II),” offered from July 19 – August 27, click here.

Contact Information

If you have further questions, please send an e-mail to

James Gresham
World Bank Institute
Skills Development Program
Tel. 1 (202) 473 7285
Fax: 1 (202) 676 0961

Patrick Elat
World Bank Institute
Skills Development Program
Tel: 1 (202) 473 4004
Fax: 1 (202) 676 0961


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