Virtual Roundtable: School Closures and COVID-19

Friday, March 11, 2022
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Emily F. Oster

Professor of Economics, Brown University


Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Pandemic-related school closures have affected more than 50 million K-12 students in the United States. These disruptions created substantial challenges for parents and impacted children’s learning and social wellbeing. It has been said that pandemic-related closures may have resulted in significant learning loss that could deepen existing educational and income inequalities. The COVID-19 School Data Hub, the brainchild of Brown Professor of Economics Emily Oster, attempts to assess these impacts. Speakers discuss the data and how the United States can address the tremendous learning loss and education inequality exacerbated by COVID-19.

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