4/7/2023: E&I Friday Cluster Workshop with Harry Patrinos & Per Engzell–“Symposium: COVID Impacts on Learning in Global Perspective”

April 7, 2023 at  – 

Sociology Conference Room, McNeil 367

(If you prefer to join by Zoom, register for the Friday E&I Cluster Workshop Zoom.)


Harry Anthony Patrinos is Adviser, Office of the Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank. He specializes in the economics of education, particularly the returns to schooling, school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He has managed education teams in Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and the Global Unit. He led lending operations and analytical work programs in Latin America. He co-led the development of the Bank’s Harmonized Learning Outcomes database, part of the Human Capital Index, published in Nature. He has studied and worked extensively on the socioeconomic status of Indigenous Peoples and has co-authored books and reports on this subject including Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development (Cambridge).

Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 60 journal articles published. He is co-author of the books: Making Schools Work; The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education; and Decentralized Decision-Making in Schools. His work appears – among other outlets – in the Nature, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Population Economics, Education Economics, Labour, and the Economics of Education Review. He also worked in Africa, Asia 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.

Read his recent report: Patrinos, Harry Anthony, Emiliana Vegas, and Rohan Carter-Rau. 2022. An Analysis of COVID-19 Student Learning Loss (English)Policy Research Working Paper, no. WPS 10033. Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.


Per Engzell is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UCL Social Research Institute, University College London, and Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford. His research deals with educational inequalities and intergenerational mobility. Some ongoing projects concern social mobility from preindustrial times until today, the role of employers in intergenerational earnings transmission, and model robustness in social science.

His research has been featured in the New York TimesWashington PostFinancial TimesThe Economist, and podcasts such as The Weeds and PNAS Science Sessions. Recent work includes investigating school closures during COVID-19 which had a documented impact on policy in several countries, invited talks at the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank, and was awarded with the National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize.

Read his recent paper: Betthäuser, B.A., Bach-Mortensen, A.M. & Engzell, P. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence on learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nat Hum Behav 7, 375–385 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-022-01506-4