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Quality of Education and Equality of Opportunity in Spain: Lesson from Pisa

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  • Calo-Blanco Aitor

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    (Pablo de Olavide University; Ivie)

  • Villar Notario Antonio

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    (Pablo de Olavide University; Ivie)

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This working paper analyzes the performance of the Spanish educational system according to the 2006 PISA report, focussing on the equality of opportunity. The basic idea is that a good educational system should produce outcomes that depend basically on the students effort and not on the students external circumstances (parental background here). We present a simple formula to estimate the inequality of opportunity and analyze empirically the behaviour of Spain and its constituent regions, both with respect to quality (mean scores) and with respect to the inequality of opportunity. We find that Spain performs better than the European average in terms of equality of opportunity and worse in terms of quality. We also find large and systematic differences between the Spanish regions

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 20104.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:20104

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Keywords: Quality of education; equality of opportunity; PISA report; regional disparities;

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  1. Calo-Blanco, Aitor & Villar, Antonio, 2009. "Education, Utilitarianism, and Equality of Opportunity," MPRA Paper 18720, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Ildefonso Méndez Martínez & Antonio Villar Notario & Carmen Herrero Blanco, 2013. "Analysis of group performance with categorical data when agents are heterogeneous: The case of compulsory education in the OECD," Working Papers. Serie AD 2013-08, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).

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