Assistant Professor
Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, Poland

Tomasz Gajderowicz

Tomasz Gajderowicz is a researcher and policy advisor in the field of education and the labor market. Tomasz specializes in microeconometric methods for measuring incentives and preferences. Tomasz holds a Ph.D. in economic sciences and works as a consultant for the European Commission, World Bank, and other national and international institutions. He works as an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw and serves as a Research Director at Evidence Institute Foundation. He is the author of several publications about the transition from education to the labor market and research methodology.

Expertise: education and labor market research




International student assessments measure student achievement, attitudes, opinions, well-being, and other aspects of their life and schooling. These measures are compared internationally across countries and time to inform policymakers and teachers. We discuss the reliability and comparability of crucial results from studies like PISA and TIMSS. We argue that many results can be trusted, given their correct interpretation. However, we also give examples of doubtful but popular findings which misguide ministers of education, experts, and teachers. We focus on PISA’s attempt to measure student well-being and preferences towards learning modes. We show how PISA results drive us to see meaning where there isn’t any. Finally, we present research tools implemented in Poland to measure student preferences and well-being in a highly reliable way and how we work with teachers to use these results in their classrooms.

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