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Emily Oster on the TED stage.
Emily Oster on the TED stage.

Part 1 of the TED radio hour episode against the system.

In the summer of 2020, parents were faced with so many unknowns when it came to sending children to school. Economist Emily Oster describes how she began collecting data nationwide to help parents make their own decisions.

About Emily Oster

Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University.

She previously worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research and taught economics at the University of Chicago. Her academic work analyzes how consumers make health decisions. She has also written three books on the data that determines the choices people make during pregnancy and as parents. In 2021, Oster became the Executive Director of the COVID-19 School Data Hub.

Oster earned a BA and a Ph.D. in economics, both from Harvard University.

This segment of TED Radio Hour was produced by Sylvie Douglis and James Delahoussaye and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at [email protected]