COVID-19 and the Economics of Education

STAR webinar on COVID-19 and the Economics of Education

Key Question: What can policymakers do now to mitigate the negative effects of crises?

When: June 30, 2020

Time: 10 am (Eastern time)

Speaker Bios




Harry A. Patrinos is the Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank’s education global practice. He specializes in all areas of education, especially school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, as well as a regional research project on the socioeconomic status of Latin America’s Indigenous Peoples, published as Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He is one of the main authors of the report, Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy (World Bank, 2003). Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 40 journal articles. He is co-author of the books: Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (St. Martin’s, 1999), Decentralization of Education: Demand-Side Financing (World Bank, 1997), and Indigenous People and Poverty in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis with George Psacharopoulos (World Bank/Ashgate, 1994). He has also worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Mr. Patrinos received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.


M. Najeeb Shafiq is Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs. He holds appointments in the School of Education (primary appointment), Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (joint appointment), and Department of Economics (secondary appointment). From August 2019, he began serving as the Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

As a comparative education economist, Professor Shafiq adopts an interdisciplinary approach and advanced quantitative methods to explore the following topics:

  • Education and social mobility in low- and middle-income countries
  • The social and non-monetary benefits of education (the effect of education on civic, moral, and political outcomes)
  • Education reform (educational vouchers; early childhood education; higher education)
  • Human capital decisions (labor market benefits; gender gaps; child labor)

Stewart E. Sutin Stewart E. Sutin retired in 2017 after serving for 10 years as a clinical professor of administrative and policy studies in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Stu moved to Bloomfield in 2017, and is an adjunct faculty in the Management Department of the MBA program at the University of Connecticut. He entered public higher education in 2003 after a 29-year career in the banking industry that included serving as senior vice president and head of international banking at Mellon Financial Corporation and as president of Bank of Boston International where he led efforts to develop and implement global business strategies and worked on projects with consulting teams from McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Sutin was named president and chaired the board of directors, Banker’s Association for Finance and Trade. Stu has expertise in international business and banking, strategic planning, product and service innovation, risk management, operations management, financial and human resource management, and “turn-around” leadership.



Dr. Shuning Liu is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Ball State University. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Liu has been highly engaged with the study of international student mobility, globalization and education, comparative and international education, global education policy studies, and curriculum reformssince she was a PhD student at UW-Madison. Her current research projects involve the role of international education in the formation of social elites. Her recent research work has been published as a book

Neoliberalism, Globalization, and “Elite” Education in China: Becoming International (Routledge, 2020). Her research has also been published in Educational Policy, Annual Review of Comparative and International Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Journal for Multicultural Education.