Two of the strongest education systems and economies worldwide, the United States and Germany, have been among the key sources for models in skill formation emulated globally. Public and private investments in skill formation have increased in both countries. Yet these systems maintain contrasting emphases: general and academic education in the U.S. and specific vocational …Read More

The current economic crisis has brought commitments of considerable government support for education in the recovery packages of both the United States and Germany, writes former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Justin J.W. Powell, Senior Research Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung. When enacting new reforms, Dr. Powell argues, both countries can continue to learn from the other’s successes and failures as a way to develop skill formation systems far beyond what each country could have accomplished alone.