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Educational Scores: How Does Russia Fare?

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  • Amini, Chiara

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    (University College London)

  • Commander, Simon

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    (IE Business School, Altura Partners)

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    This paper uses two large multi-country datasets on educational scores – PISA and TIMSS – to examine the performance of Russia in comparative light as well as the factors associated with differences in educational outcomes in Russia. Despite the perception of a positive educational legacy, Russian scores are not stellar and have mostly deteriorated. Using an education production function, we distinguish between individual and family background factors and those relating to the school and institutional environment. We use pooled data, as well as cross sectional evidence, to look at the variation across countries before looking at within-country variation in Russia. We find – both in the cross-country estimates as also those using just Russia data – that a number of individual and family variables in particular, such as parental educational levels, are robustly associated with better educational outcomes. Institutional variables also matter – notably student-teacher ratios and indicators of school autonomy – but there are also some clear particularities in the Russian case.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6033.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2011
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    Publication status: published in: Journal of Comparative Economics, 2012
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    Keywords: human capital; PISA;

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