Richard Noonan is a retired education economist. He pursued doctoral studies in comparative education and economics of education at Columbia University and Stockholm University, where he conducted research and taught research methodology before entering an international consulting career. His specialist interests are education statistics, education system evaluation, and history of education. He has served in more than 30 countries around the world, working mainly with ministries of education and sometimes with ministries of labor. A Swedish citizen, he has settled in Vientiane since 2002. His publications and working papers can be found at http://tc.academia.edu/RichardNoonan.