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Some Remarks on the Effectiveness of Primary Education Interventions

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  • Silva, Olmo

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    (London School of Economics)

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In this paper I survey the recent economics of education literature in order to identify which education policies can effectively improve the quality of primary schooling, as measured by pupil test-based achievements. Particular attention is devoted to the experience of England, a country which has made substantial investments over the past decade aimed at improving its primary education. Evidence suggests that broadly scoped resource-based programmes deliver less than more targeted policies. Additionally, a growing body of research shows that interventions that enhance choice and competition among education-service providers, and motivate teachers through pecuniary rewards, have some scope in raising education standards. I conclude my survey by discussing some broad concerns with modes of education provision centred on choice and competition, mainly pupil segregation along the lines of ability and family background.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Policy Papers with number 5.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izapps:pp5

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