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Evaluations by parents of education reforms: Evidence from a parent survey in Japan

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  • Takashi Oshio

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Shinpei Sano

    (Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University)

  • Yuko Ueno

    (Organization forEconomic Cooperationand Development, Paris, France)

  • Kouichiro Mino

    (Cabinet Office of theJapanese Government, Tokyo, Japan)

Abstract

We examine how Japanese parents evaluate the current education system and assess possible reforms, based on a nationwide parent survey. Parents who have higher educational background, occupational status, and household income, and expect higher education attainment from their children tend to be less satisfied with the current system and more in favor of school choice and voucher programs. They are also more willing to pay for additional education provided by public schools. These findings point to the possibility of student sorting caused by the different responses of parents to marketorientedreforms, even if overall efficiency in education can be improved.

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Paper provided by Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University in its series Discussion Papers with number 0821.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:koe:wpaper:0821

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